3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged 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. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC can walk through all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to conceal 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 consist of. This can also hold true for lots of 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 contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 309-437-2703. If it’s simpler for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.