3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside your home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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. 2. Allergens The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Davis Heating & Air Conditioning can explain all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals they contain. This is also true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening 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 home should help 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 540-483-5605. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.