How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically 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 risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Excelsior Springs homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to household. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Colvin's Heating and Cooling to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 816-379-3918 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.