How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Crestview 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 ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange 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 differ greatly from home to household. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Gordon Air Conditioning can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Gordon Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 850-250-0335 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.