3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outside, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to the population’s 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 challenge the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a tough situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can aid in the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it can leave you with respiratory concerns and raises the likelihood of ending up with a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity can damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the aid 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 many allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the biggest causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, there’s also the matter of pet dander which could also be aggravating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms go on, it could 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 a late dinner shouldn’t still be in the air of the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they generate could create other concerns. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell might 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 could be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be contributing to your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 530-885-8081. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.