3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting 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. Lots of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are 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 that has a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Northern Comfort 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 mask 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 is also 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 house should contribute to your health, not damage 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 get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 507-387-6596.