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 interior 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 seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Laguna Niguel 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 everyday 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to house. You can buy filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating 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 949-525-9119 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.