Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate 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 couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within 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 within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Florissant homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread 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. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to house. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at B & B Heating & Cooling can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the professionals at B & B Heating & 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 314-325-7552 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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