How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within 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 spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Cape Coral homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to household. You can get filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Comfort Zone Inc can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at Comfort Zone Inc 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 239-214-0411 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.