Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate 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 few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously 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 within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Carlsbad homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to household. You can get filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 575-446-3948 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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