3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad 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 need to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Too much humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, any 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 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. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep 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 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can explain all your options and help you determine the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might think it’s logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—due to the chemicals they consist of. This is also 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your home should contribute to your health, not harm it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 760-784-9034. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.