The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. However, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the 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.
The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love 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 accruing. You can reduce 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 Miller Climate Control LLC can show you 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 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your home should help your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 512-937-2001.