When we think of air pollution, we usually think of the air outside, 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 impurities inside the home. Before you can take on the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first recognize what these things are.
1. Humidity Levels
Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks 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 extremely dry it can leave you with respiratory concerns and boosts 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 control the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that perfect humidity level.
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 most prevalent sources of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, you’ll likely deal with pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding regularly. If your symptoms persist, it might be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our experts can walk you through the choices and find the system that would work best for you.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be hanging around the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they generate may create other issues. 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 hazard 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 308-624-3485.