3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outdoors. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending an increased amount of time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively influencing 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. Higher amounts of humidity can foster the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most prevalent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets sleep your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Cytech Heating & Cooling can show you all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems logical to mask 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 is also true for other household cleaners. Plus, these dangers create greater threat to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your home should help your health, not damage 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 ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 956-630-3522.