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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Rocky Mount 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 ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing 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 need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to household. You can find filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure 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 interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning 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 take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 540-369-3790 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.