How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Hamilton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force 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 answer 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate 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 replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to house. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly 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 central 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 indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 513-268-5164 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.