Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in 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 devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Buellton homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleansers 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 ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 805-242-9638 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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