The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should 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. Lots of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability 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.
The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling can show you all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs.
3. Household Chemicals and Odors
While people may think it’s 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 holds true for lots of 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 living space should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 816-379-3918.