How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big 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 inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Branchville 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 products 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 worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to household. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service expert 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 interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 862-345-6896 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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