3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. Individuals are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Too much humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of 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 sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. can explain all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might 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—as a result of the chemicals used. This is also true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your home should contribute to your health, not harm 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 inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 586-731-0950. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.