3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside your home. However, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three common problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Lots 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 intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be impacted 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 common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Because dust mites love 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 accruing. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Triton HVAC & Refrigeration can explain all your options and help you select 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—from the chemicals used. 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 house should contribute to your health, not harm it. We want to provide 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 719-332-3458. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.