How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside 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 fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our San Jose homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place 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 usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at American HVAC Inc can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at American HVAC Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 408-215-1018 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.