3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad 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 need to know what’s negatively affecting 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 tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with 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, 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 frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit 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 with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can explain 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 mask 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 consist of. This holds true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 living space should help your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 956-381-1162.