3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Too much humidity can harbor 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 impacted 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 typical indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent 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 sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. 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 removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from B & G HVAC 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 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 is also 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should contribute to your health, not hurt 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 641-752-3429. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.