3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Lots of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, any 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent 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 hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc can show you all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals used. This holds true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 living space should support your health, not damage it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 605-342-5107.