3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 2016 The term “air pollution” usually 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. Individuals are spending additional time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You should to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots of humidity can assist with 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 intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impacted 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. In fact, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accruing. You can lower 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air 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—from the chemicals they contain. This can also hold true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers pose greater risk 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 help your health, not harm 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 805-203-8667.