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 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 within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Norton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, 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 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 foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from household to house. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at HCE Systems Inc can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at HCE Systems Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 276-302-0076 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.