3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending additional time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should 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. Too much humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be impaired by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, 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 frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly 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 O'Brien 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 conceal 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 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 support your health, not damage it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 610-257-7035. If it’s simpler for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.