The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside of the home. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing 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 hard. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can explain all your options and help you determine 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—due to the chemicals they consist of. This can also hold true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your house should help your health, not harm it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 703-260-1148.