Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Allergies?
Many people look forward to Spring. But, if you suffer from allergies, you may dread the sudden rise of pollen and other allergens in the air. Did you know that your indoor air quality may be contributing to your allergy symptoms? It’s surprising but true.
Indoor air quality is often significantly worse than the air quality outside, even in major cities. This is because our homes do not have the same easy flow of fresh air, even when the windows are open. Pollutants and allergens can make their way inside and get trapped. When this happens, your allergy symptoms can worsen.
By improving your indoor air quality, you can help reduce your allergy symptoms and breathe a little easier. Keep reading to learn how.
How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
When it comes to improving the air quality in your home, you have several options. In recent years, indoor air quality products have
Change Your Heating & Cooling System’s Air Filters
The average heating and cooling system comes with a basic air filter. Regularly changing this filter can help your system run more efficiently and help you combat allergens in your home. It is recommended that your air filter be changed quarterly (every three months), but if you have severe allergies, asthma, or pets, you may wish to change it every 1-2 months, especially during allergy season.
At Airrific Air Conditioning and Heating, we offer professional air filter services. We will come out and inspect your system and identify which filters will be best for your system. We offer a range of filters, including pleated allergy filters and HEPA air filters.
Have Your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Even if your home is new, regular duct cleaning is an important step in improving and maintaining good indoor air quality. Just as allergens get trapped in your home, dust and other pollutants can get trapped in your air ducts. As contaminants build up in your air ducts, they can then get circulated throughout your home, further harming your air quality. In humid climates like ours, mildew and mold spores can also collect in your air ducts, further contributing to allergy and respiratory symptoms. It is recommended that you schedule professional duct cleaning every three to five years or as needed.
Keep Your Humidity Levels Balanced
Living in Florida, we have more than our fair share of humidity. Excess humidity in your home can make you feel uncomfortable and cause contaminants like mildew and mold to proliferate. One way to reduce humidity in your home is to improve your home’s ventilation. This can be easily accomplished through the use of ceiling fans and exhaust fans. For example, when you take a shower, you should always have your bathroom’s exhaust fan running, especially if your bathroom does not have a window you can open.
Excess humidity is particularly a concern for homeowners who live in their homes seasonally. If you are away from your home for months at a time, or if you frequently travel for work, you should speak with our air quality experts about installing a dehumidistat in your home. This device is incorporated into your AC system and keeps humidity levels down when you are not home.
Consider Installing Electronic Air Cleaners or Germicidal UV Lights
If you have severe allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems, you should seriously consider installing an electronic air cleaner or germicidal UV lights in your home. These devices remove a wide range of contaminants, including pollen, dust, bacteria, mold, and even viruses from your air. Air cleaners and UV light systems are unobtrusive, and most can be installed inside your air ducts.
When selecting new products and services, it is important to discuss your needs, goals, and budget with an indoor air quality specialist like ours at Airrific Air Conditioning and Heating. As a company, we are committed to providing every customer with honest, trustworthy guidance, and we will never pressure you to buy things you do not want nor need.