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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Odessa homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from household to home. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating correctly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure 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 interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 432-237-0168 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.