The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re 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 frequent problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Clean Air HVAC 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 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 is also true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your home should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to use 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 925-233-6238.