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. We are spending more time indoors and our homes 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 so you can make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent 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 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 Lycoming Heating Company can show you all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
While people may think it’s logical to conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals used. This holds 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 support your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 570-326-4450.