The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending more time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes 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 tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. In 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 sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum with 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 Systems Heating & Air Conditioning can walk through 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 consist of. This holds true for lots of 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 home should help 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 801-305-4777.