How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to house. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 847-306-8990 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.