3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting 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 tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any 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. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can explain all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While people may think it’s logical to cover up 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 research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your home should help your health, not hurt it. We want to provide 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 608-291-3606.