The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting 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 hard. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
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. Because dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. 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 removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can explain all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
While people may think it’s logical to conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals used. This is also true for many 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 support your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 602-832-7808.