3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Lots of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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 frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Comfort Zone Inc can walk through all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to conceal 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 can also hold true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat 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 living space should support your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 239-214-0411.