When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to the population’s health. Not only are we spending more time indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps contaminants inside the home. Before you can combat the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first realize what these things are.
1. Humidity Levels
Your home’s humidity is a unique situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it can mean respiratory concerns and raises the likelihood of ending up with a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity have the ability to damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to monitor the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal humidity level.
The bedroom is where many allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the most prevalent causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding on a regular basis. If your symptoms go on, it might be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the possibilities and identify the system that would work best for you.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
The smell of a late dinner shouldn’t still be hanging around the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they produce may create other concerns. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell might cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system could be just what your home needs.
The air you breathe should be playing a role in your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 724-370-0141.