How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air 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 rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously 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 inside. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Paso Robles homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange 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 fluctuate greatly from house to home. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Paso Robles Heating and Air can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner 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 indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Paso Robles Heating and Air to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 805-203-8667 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.