3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” typically 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. People are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Lots of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt 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 impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can walk through 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 mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they contain. This can also hold true for other 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 living space should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 715-421-5555. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.