3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time in our homes, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a tough situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is extremely dry it may mean respiratory concerns and raises the likelihood of ending up with a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity have the ability to damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the help of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that just-right humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where a lot of allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the biggest producers of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you’ll likely deal with pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding on a regular basis. If your symptoms persist, it may be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our experts can walk you through the choices and identify the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate might create other problems. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell can cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system might be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be contributing to your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us provide you with our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 815-788-6283. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.