The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside of the home. However, 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 homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be hard. Too much humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Tri County Climate Control LLC can walk through all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
While you might think it’s logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals they consist of. This can also hold 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 research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your house should support your health, not harm it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 541-238-2797.