How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate 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 few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Hudsonville homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers 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 best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate 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 replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to house. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

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

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 (616) 669-3961 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.