How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously 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 within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Paxinos homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to home. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 570-648-0748 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.