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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Columbia homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. 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 getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to household. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Watts Electric & A/C Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal 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 rely on the professionals at Watts Electric & A/C Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 601-736-7362 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.