How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Marshalltown 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 everyday household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to home. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at B & G HVAC can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating 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 put your faith in the experts at B & G HVAC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 641-323-1210 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.