How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Allergies

How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Allergies

Apr 10

Spring is peak season for allergies. Allergens, such as dust, pollen, and animal dander, can make life miserable for many people — and stuffy noses, watery eyes, and headaches are common symptoms. Moreover, the quality of the air can significantly impact the frequency with which people experience their symptoms, both in the workplace and at home. Here are some simple ways to improve the quality of the air that you breathe every day.

Reasons Air Quality is Poor

The quality of the air inside of your home is somewhat dependent on the filtration of the heating and cooling systems. Allergens enter through doors, open windows, and even furnace and air conditioning systems, if they’re not properly maintained. Some of the reasons that HVAC systems don’t filter the air properly include:

  • Dirty Air Filters: The filter on HVAC systems should be changed regularly to keep the air clean. The benefits of changing air filters are two-fold  — 1. You can lengthen the life of your HVAC equipment because they don’t have to work as hard to force air through the ductwork when the filters are clean. 2. Less pollen, mold, and other allergens make breathing easier.
  • Improper Installation: If the filter has been installed improperly, air flows around the filter instead of through it.
  • Short Runtime: If the runtime is short, your HVAC system has less time to filter out particulate matter.
  • Small System: If your HVAC system is too small for your home, it may not be sufficient to filter all of the air.

Your air conditioner, furnace, and your entire HVAC system can greatly improve the quality of the air that you breathe if it’s properly maintained. Call or schedule an appointment online with AAA Service to have your HVAC system inspected by a professional.