3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, 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 frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. can show you all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may think it’s logical to cover up 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 can also hold true for many 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should help your health, not damage it. We want to offer 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 903-758-0701. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.