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 couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Grand Prairie homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to house. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Bon Air Service Company can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee 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 indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Bon Air Service Company to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 972-332-1028 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.