The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more 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 in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.
1. Humidity Levels
Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big allergen is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can show you 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—due to the chemicals they contain. This is also 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.
The air in your house should help your health, not hurt 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 760-784-9034.