How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect 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 rising body of scientific evidence has indicated 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 indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Shelby homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to home. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Hopper Heating and Air can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Hopper Heating and Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 704-233-7363 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.