3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending more 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 influencing your indoor air quality to help 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 assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

2. Allergens

The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to 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 accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Farris Heating & Air can show you all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While it seems logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals they contain. This holds true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your living space should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 918-534-8194.