How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

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 few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at YES R&M Inc. can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure 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 internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at YES R&M Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 562-286-6624 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.