3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside your home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should 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 hard. Lots of 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, your home’s 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of 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 allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets are in 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 that includes a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can show you all your options and help you determine 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 consist of. This holds true for lots of 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your living space should contribute to your health, not harm 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 get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 601-292-9763.