How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Florissant homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at B & B Heating & Cooling can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner 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 experts at B & B Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 314-325-7552 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.