3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” usually 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 more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing 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 difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impaired 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. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can show you all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may think it’s logical to mask 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 other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening 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 help your health, not hurt 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 308-646-3827.