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 internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Plover homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Point Heating & Cooling can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Point Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 715-504-0533 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.