3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016When we think of air pollution, we typically think of the air outside, 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 indoors, but our homes are becoming more energy efficient and air tight which keeps contaminants inside the home. Before you can challenge the things negatively affecting your indoor air, you must first recognize 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 increase the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If your air is overly dry it can cause respiratory problems and raises the likelihood of getting a cold or flu due to damage to your mucous membranes. Both low and high humidity have the ability to damage your furniture and woodwork. Luckily, with the aid of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, homeowners are able to regulate the humidity levels of their home and keep it at that perfect humidity level. 2. Allergens 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 most prevalent sources of allergy and asthma symptoms. If you have pets, there’s also the matter of pet dander which could also be worsening your allergies. Keep your bedroom dust-free utilizing a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your bedding frequently. If your symptoms go on, 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 a late dinner shouldn’t still be lingering in the house the following night. While air fresheners could mask the problem, the chemicals they generate could 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 hazard to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. Again, a Lennox® whole-home filtration system could be just what your home needs. The air you breathe should be contributing 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 offer our expertise. If you have any questions for us or would like an in-home air assessment give us a call at 703-369-5528. Or simply set up an appointment with us online.