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 more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting 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. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little 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 impacted 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. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Ken Parker Service Inc can explain 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 conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals they contain. This holds true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 home should support your health, not damage it. We want to offer 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 903-246-4877.