3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outdoors. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively affecting 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 assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impacted 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. In fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing can walk through 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 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 they consist of. This can also hold true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat 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 living space should contribute to your health, not harm it. We want to use 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 661-437-3499.