3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impaired 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 frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit 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 frequently 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. can walk through 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—due to the chemicals they consist of. This holds true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should help your health, not damage 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 877-389-2465.