Indoor Air Quality and Allergies: A Guide
Today’s well-insulated homes help keep households comfortable in any season but can also trap pollutants and allergens indoors. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, indoor air pollution can exacerbate symptoms. Long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality can impair the health of otherwise healthy people too. This guide from the comfort experts at Environment Masters explains the connection between allergies and the air that you breathe inside your home.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Outdoor pollutants that enter homes include pesticides, radon and pollen. Other allergy triggers are emitted by household items like carpets, paint, cleaners and combustion products like fireplaces, furnaces and gas stoves. Allergens like dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander are also common indoor air pollutants as are molds, bacteria and viruses.
According to the American Lung Association (ALA), air-filtering devices are an effective in reducing the allergens in your home. Because all the conditioned air that circulates through your home first passes through an air filter, investing in a high efficiency filter is an affordable way to improve air quality. Our experienced technicians can recommend a filter that will trap dust and pollen without impairing your system’s air flow. Other solutions include:
- Whole-Home Filtration. Air filtration systems work in tandem with your existing forced-air HVAC systems, providing enhanced filtration without adding to your heating and cooling costs.
- Duct Sealing. Pollutants and allergens enter ductwork through leaks, holes and loose connections. A qualified HVAC technician can seal and insulate your ducts to eliminate leakage without disrupting the balance of air flow to and from living spaces.
- Dehumidifiers. High humidity levels and temperatures promote the growth of allergens like mold, mildew and dust mites. Whole-home dehumidifier provide relief during the hot months of summer.
The air in most homes is many times more polluted than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a Jackson air conditioner company with a well-earned reputation for installing and maintaining products that enhance your health and comfort, Environment Masters is your source for seasonal allergy prevention products that help you breathe easier. To schedule an in-home air quality analysis, call us today at 601-353-4681.