How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge 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 dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Ballwin and St. Charles homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Air Alliance Team can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Air Alliance Team to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 636-206-4250 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.