How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

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 rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Lake Forest homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 949-204-0859 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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