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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Magnolia homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap 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 fluctuate significantly from house to home. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at JTech Mechanical can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at JTech Mechanical to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 281-231-8768 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.