When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the outside air, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively affecting your indoor air, you must first recognize what these things are.
1. Humidity Levels
Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can increase the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it might mean respiratory problems and boosts 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 aid of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate 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 biggest producers of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free taking advantage of a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding on a regular basis. If your symptoms persist, it could be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the choices and choose the system that would work best for you.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
The smell of last night’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in 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 may cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a hazard to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system may 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 make sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 319-229-2318.