How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated 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. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Bartlesville homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Farris Heating & Air can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Farris Heating & Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 918-534-8194 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.