How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our the Rio Grande Valley homes are polluted by 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 cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can help you establish which type 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 interior air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 956-381-1162 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.