3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 Air Quality The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three frequent 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. Small amounts of 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to 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 accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning can walk through all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to mask 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 many 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should help your health, not harm it. We want to provide 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 801-305-4777.