How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to household. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Kelley Mechanical can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at Kelley Mechanical to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 859-209-3003 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.

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