3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” typically 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. People are spending an increased amount of 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 typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. 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 possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impacted 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. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from True Home Heating and Air Conditioning 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 cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals used. This can also hold true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat 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 home should help your health, not harm it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 949-258-7259.