3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad 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 homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality to help 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 assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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. 2. Allergens The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can explain 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—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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should contribute to your health, not damage 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 800-COOLING. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.