3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the air outside, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to our general health. Not only are we spending more time inside, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps pollutants inside the home. Before you can combat the things negatively impacting your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a unique situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can encourage the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it can mean respiratory concerns and raises the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity can damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to monitor the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal humidity level. 2. Allergens 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 biggest 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 utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding frequently. If your symptoms go on, it could be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals can walk you through the possibilities and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of a late dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate could 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 threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system might 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 ensure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 417-739-4606. Or simply schedule an appointment with us online.