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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Mount Hope homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners 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 foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to household. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Appalachian Heating can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Appalachian Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 304-707-0600 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.