How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Houston homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products 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 best friend or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to house. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Marcos AC & Heating can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Marcos AC & Heating to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 713-469-3357 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.