3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside your home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the 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 common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from B & B Heating & Cooling 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 consist of. 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 314-838-9800. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.