How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Beaverton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from house to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service technician 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 beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 503-374-1934 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.