Indoor Air Quality and Your Allergies

With spring just around the corner, allergy season is looming closer. While most people might assume the outdoors are the number one source of allergens and other microscopic irritants, the air inside your home can be just as aggravating for your sinuses. Improving and maintaining your indoor air quality is an important step in managing your allergies both seasonally and year-round.

Allergy Aggressors in Your Home

The dust in your home is made from a number of different allergenic particles, originating from inside and out. In addition to the pollen and dirt that blows into your home, most indoor air is home to dust mites, pet dander, insect waste and mold. All of these pollutants can cause the symptoms associated with hay fever and other allergic reactions.

Indoor allergens not only float in the air, but can also reside in your carpeting and ventilation systems. This makes it difficult to get rid of them without thorough cleaning and maintenance.

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Usually one of the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality and reduce allergens in the home is to eliminate each pollutant’s source or somehow reduce the particles they release. If you’re allergic to pet hair or pollen, be sure to vacuum your home regularly. Vacuums with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter are designed specifically to trap indoor pollutants that have settled on your floor or other surfaces.

Another way to reduce the number of indoor air pollutants is by improving your home’s ventilation. While this may seem counterintuitive, you need to bring fresh outdoor air into a space to push out stale indoor air and the pollutants that hang in it. Opening windows and turning on fans are simple ways to increase ventilation, but many advanced homes today are actually built with energy-efficient mechanical systems that circulate air from the outside.

The surest method to reduce indoor pollution is to purchase an air cleaner or air purifier system. Filters using HEPA technology can suck air into the system, trapping unwanted particles and then blowing clean air out the other side. A system with a high circulation rate and efficient collector can significantly reduce the number of indoor pollutants if regularly and properly maintained.

HVAC Service and Repair in San Antonio

Ike’s Air Conditioning is one of San Antonio’s most established and reputable AC companies. Our experienced professionals use state-of-the-art technology and the best equipment on the market to ensure you and your family breathe easy.

Contact us today to schedule a home allergy test or AC repair estimate.