The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought 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. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven 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 eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from GV Heating & Air can show you all your options and help you find 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 used. 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your living space should support your health, not harm 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 763-535-2000.