3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and increase 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 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. Since dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from 1st Choice Service Group Inc can show you 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 contain. This can also hold 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 damage 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 828-551-2913. If it’s simpler for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.