3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, 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 love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Patterson & Stirling Inc can explain all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While it seems logical to conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals used. 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 research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your home should support your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 814-308-0416.