3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat 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 decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Brandon Heating and Plumbing can explain all your options and help you select 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—from the chemicals they contain. This is also true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should help your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 204-728-0180.