How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor 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 specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Moline homes are polluted by 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change 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 house to house. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee 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 professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 309-323-9584 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.