3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” often makes you think of the air outside of the home. In reality, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. We are spending more time indoors and our houses are becoming more energy-efficient, which means they’re air tight and keeping contaminants inside. You need to know what’s negatively affecting your indoor air quality so you can make it better. Here are three frequent problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be hard. Higher amounts 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 increase other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged 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 common indoor allergen is dust mites. As a matter of fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites are attracted to pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets hang out in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. 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 eliminating allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Ilten's Incorporated can explain 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 conceal 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 many 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 look into a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your living space should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or ask us any questions about indoor air quality, call us at 319-363-0283. If it’s easier for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.