How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Drexel Hill homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to home. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 610-257-7035 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.