3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often 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 homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively impacting 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 hard. Lots of humidity can harbor 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, 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. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a haven for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning can explain all your options and help you find 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—from the chemicals they contain. 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 consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should support your health, not damage 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 get more information about indoor air quality, call us at 909-982-5698. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.