How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap 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 significantly from home to house. You can get filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Airmen HVAC Service can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Airmen HVAC Service to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 570-322-3131 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.