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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external 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. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Franklin homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate 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 differ significantly from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Winters Heating and Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 rely on the experts at Winters Heating and Cooling to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 317-406-5783 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.