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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified 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 fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Ellsworth homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, 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 know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap 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 differ considerably from home to home. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal 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 internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 715-318-6728 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.