3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

The term “air pollution” usually 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 houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, 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 prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. 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 getting rid of 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 determine the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While people may think it’s logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals they consist of. This is also true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat 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 house should contribute to your health, not harm it. We want to offer 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 816-379-3918.

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