3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Patterson & Stirling Inc can show you all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may think it’s logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals they consist of. This is also true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your living space should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 814-308-0416.