How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Gresham homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from home to house. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Honke Heating & AC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Honke Heating & AC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 503-663-8033 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.