3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 Air Quality The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting 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 difficult. Too much humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, 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 like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can show you all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might think it’s 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 is also 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 research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your home should contribute to your health, not damage 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 334-245-4748.