How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies


While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution, and other irritants outside of your home, your interior 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 specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the health risks may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Huffman homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to home. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working 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 trust the professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC to take good care of you. In addition to helping, you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 (832) 501-3419 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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