How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Excelsior Springs 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the key 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 inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Colvin's Inc can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Colvin's Inc 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 816-630-2702 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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