3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality Posted May 2, 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 homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three common 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. Too little humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the probability of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, your home’s furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Luckily, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that includes a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning 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 used. This can also hold 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 living space should contribute to your health, not damage it. We want to use 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 209-257-3156.