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 external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Fort Lauderdale homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, 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 becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to home. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Solar Air Inc. can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Solar Air Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 954-320-7398 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.