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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 outside your home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Too much 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 intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be impaired 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can explain 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 conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they consist of. This can also hold true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 contribute to your health, not harm it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 815-410-1231.