When we think of air pollution, we normally think of the air outside, but the EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top 5 environmental risk to public health. Not only are we spending more time indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps contaminants inside the home. Before you can take on 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 aid in the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is too dry it may cause respiratory problems and boosts the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity can damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the assistance of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to monitor the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that ideal humidity level.
The bedroom is where most allergens are in your house, with the most common indoor allergen, dust mites. Dust mite droppings are the one of the biggest producers 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 regularly. If your symptoms continue, it may be time to consider a whole-home air filtration system. One of our professionals 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 in the air of the house the following night. While air fresheners may mask the problem, the chemicals they generate may create other issues. 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 threat 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 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 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 402-438-7992.