How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Cottonwood homes are polluted by 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must 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 typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can find filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Connolly Electric & Mechanical 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 habitually maintained by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner 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 needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Connolly Electric & Mechanical to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 928-244-8840 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.