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 several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Heflin 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to home. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 256-270-1196 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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