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 indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Kutztown homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap 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 fluctuate greatly from home to house. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 484-646-3363 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.