How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at B&D Air Conditioning can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal 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 helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at B&D Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 928-432-6018 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.