How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor 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 specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Belton 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 average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 254-307-9572 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.