3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we usually think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to our general health. Not only are we spending more time in our homes, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps contaminants inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first realize what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can increase the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it may mean respiratory problems and raises the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity may damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the help of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to control the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that perfect humidity level. 2. Allergens The bedroom is where most allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the most prevalent sources of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you also have to worry about pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding frequently. If your symptoms continue, it might be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals can walk you through the possibilities and find the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be hanging around the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they generate may create other issues. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell may cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a hazard to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system may be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be factoring in to your health and comfort and we want to help make sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us offer our years of experience. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 715-356-7000. Or simply make an appointment with us online.