3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood 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. 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. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit 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 frequently 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 Air Max HVAC Inc can walk through 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—as a result of the chemicals used. This can also hold true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening 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 support your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 805-217-8662. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.