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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. However, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can assist with 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 intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impacted 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 typical indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can walk through all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While you might think it’s logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals they consist of. This is also true for lots of 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your home should support your health, not hurt 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 get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 503-213-4433.