How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Huntsville homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to home. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 256-801-4701 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.