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3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively impacting 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 tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, 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 prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big allergen 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 that includes a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can show you all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While you might think it’s 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 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your home should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 800-296-5088.