3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 Air Quality The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need 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 tricky. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the possibility 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. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. 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 removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Nisair Air Conditioning can explain 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 contain. This can also hold true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 home should support 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 772-318-4252 .