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 internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several 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 greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Wyandotte homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set 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 replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 734-363-8907 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.