How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Lafayette homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 key 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 foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate 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 changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at AC Sales can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

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

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at AC Sales 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 take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at (337) 234-2345 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.