3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood 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. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Ackerman 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—due to the chemicals they consist of. This is also 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 509-397-3622. If it’s simpler for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.