3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively influencing 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 harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most typical 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 sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can explain all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may think it’s logical to cover up bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals they contain. This holds true for many 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 you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 203-734-7648.