When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time in our homes, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants 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 unique situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it can cause respiratory issues and increases the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity have the ability to damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal humidity level.
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 largest sources of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, there’s also the matter of pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding frequently. If your symptoms go on, it might be time to look into a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals can walk you through the options and choose the system that would work best for you.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners might mask the problem, the chemicals they produce may create other issues. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell can cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a threat 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 playing a role in 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 provide you with our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 256-270-1196.