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 indoor 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 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 says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and change 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 differ greatly from house to household. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure 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 internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 519-296-4437 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.