The air you breathe can affect the way you feel and the long-term health of your body. Especially if you are an allergy sufferer, you know that exposure to your personal allergy triggers can cause discomfort that arises quickly and often requires medication to manage. When these triggers are present in your home’s indoor environment, you may experience long-term allergy symptoms that make both home and work life difficult as your allergies get in the way of daily tasks and even getting a good night’s sleep. If you’ve noticed an increase in allergy symptoms that don’t seem to wane with the seasons, your HVAC system could be the cause.
How Your HVAC System Impacts Indoor Air Quality
Your heating and air conditioning appliances are responsible for circulating air through your Tampa home. Thus, the condition of these appliances and their ability to remove airborne allergy triggers from your air has a direct impact on your long-term health. When particles such as dust, pollen, smoke, and animal dander build up inside your HVAC appliances and ducts, they are easily dislodged as air is moved through the system during heating and cooling. These particles are then carried by air into your home, where they can cause allergy symptoms every time you inhale. While your HVAC system does incorporate a furnace filter meant to screen out small particles, these filters are not effective at removing a high percentage of the particles from your air. Furthermore, when this filter isn’t changed regularly, it can become clogged and will stop screening out new particles altogether, allowing them to continue circulating throughout your home and building up inside your HVAC system.
Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality
While an HVAC system that is causing your allergy symptoms to worsen is a problem, it is also an issue that can be easily solved. The simplest way to reduce airborne allergens associated with your HVAC system is to change your furnace filter regularly with the highest MERV-rated filter compatible with your system. Your Tampa HVAC service can easily let you know which type of filter is best to use for the cleanest indoor air. Scheduling regular HVAC tune-ups will keep your appliances free of buildup by ensuring they are checked and cleaned twice each year by a heating and air conditioning professional. Duct cleaning isn’t necessary every year but can be scheduled every three to five years on the recommendation of your HVAC service to ensure your ducts remain clean and free of potential allergen buildup as well. If you’re still experiencing uncomfortable allergy symptoms at home, indoor air quality products such as whole-home HEPA air cleaners, air purifiers, and UV lamps can eliminate nearly 100% of allergens and respiratory irritants from your home’s indoor air. Installing these products is easy for your HVAC service to complete and can offer the cleanest, healthiest environment possible so you can enjoy long-term relief from your allergy symptoms.
Do you have questions about indoor air quality in Tampa and the best steps to take for a healthy, allergy-free home? Our service experts can help you find the right indoor air quality system to meet your needs and enhance the function of your HVAC system for more efficient heating and cooling all year long. You can check out the full list of our heating and air conditioning services on the web, where you’ll also find more helpful blog articles in our archive.