3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Lots of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly 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 Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning 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 conceal 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 is also 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 house should help your health, not harm it. We want to provide 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 204-272-8128.