How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in 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 fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Huntingburg homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend 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. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to house. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Dearing's Service & Solutions can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner 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 helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Dearing's Service & Solutions to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 812-200-5844 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.