3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outdoors, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time in our homes, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps contaminants inside the home. Before you can challenge the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are. 1. Humidity Levels Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can increase the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it can mean respiratory concerns and raises the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity may damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the aid 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 a lot of 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 also have to worry about pet dander which could also be irritating your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free taking advantage of 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 pros can walk you through the choices and choose the system that would work best for you. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors The smell of yesterday’s dinner shouldn’t still be in the air of the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they give off might create other issues. The same can be said about household cleaners. That fresh, clean smell can cause headaches and eye, throat and lung irritation. They also pose a hazard 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 factoring in to your health and comfort and we want to help be sure it does. We know you’re doing all you can do to keep your home comfortable. Let us lend you our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 314-838-9800. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.