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 interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Pflugerville homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to house. You can buy filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to 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 512-355-1482 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.