How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to household. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Rescue Heating & Air can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and make sure 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 trust the experts at Rescue Heating & Air to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 361-265-4371 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.