3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outdoors. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively impacting 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 tricky. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the 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. 2. Allergens The most common indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. can explain all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While it seems 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 holds 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 support your health, not damage it. We want to provide our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 561-401-0011.