3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Schagrin Gas Company can walk through all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to cover up 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 other 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 possible. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 302-658-2000. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.