3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality

May 02, 2016

The term “air pollution” typically makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as poor 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 capturing 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 difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can harbor the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Lower amounts of humidity can damage your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and intensify other respiratory problems. Plus, any 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 frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big factor is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding often and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take removing allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can walk through all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While you might think it’s 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 can be even more threatening to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to research a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your living space should contribute to your health, not harm 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 949-525-9119.