How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal 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 indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Katy 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 average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution 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 harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Goode Bros AC & Heating can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner 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 beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Goode Bros AC & Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at (833)-466-3322 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.