3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 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 additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Lots of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, the 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services can explain all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While people may 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 used. This holds true for lots of 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 hurt 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 575-887-7777. If it’s simpler for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.