The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can assist with 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 increase other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because 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 hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently 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 Solar Air Inc. 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 mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals they consist of. 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your house should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to offer 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 954-320-7398.