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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within 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 fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Kearney homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout 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 look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to home. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning 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 308-624-3485 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.