When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the outside air, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to the population’s 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 combat the things negatively influencing your indoor air, you must first identify what these things are.
1. Humidity Levels
Your home’s humidity is a tough situation – you don’t want to have too much humidity because that can aid in the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it might mean respiratory problems and increases 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 help of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to monitor the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that just-right humidity level.
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 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 continue, it could be time to think about a whole-home air filtration system. One of our pros can walk you through the options and choose the system that would work best for you.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
The smell of last night’s dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they generate might create other problems. 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 hazard to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system may 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 provide you with our knowledge. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 540-369-3971.