Springtime in the Texas Hill Country arrives quickly, which means fairer weather and the promise of rising temperatures. It also means peak times for spring allergies, which can impact your health and the comfort level in your home. Luckily, Blanco AC, Electrical & Plumbing is here to help you breathe easier this spring.
There are many ways to manage the air quality inside your home — both DIY and professional. It all begins with pinpointing which allergens and contaminants your family may be suffering from and taking steps to reduce their impact on your life!
Understanding Air Quality
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is determined by the amount of contaminants in the air. If there is a higher amount of contaminants in your home, then the IAQ will be worse as a result. Poor air quality is usually reflected in your health. Coughing, itchy eyes and runny nose are some of the common indicators of poor Blanco air quality.
Here are some common factors that can affect your IAQ:
- Types of pets in the home
- Time of year
- Location of your home
- AC filtration health
While these are not the only factors that have an impact on air quality, they are good starting points for determining where improvements can be made.
For example, a homeowner with dogs should be more concerned with pet dander than someone without pets. When it comes to the seasons, pollen levels are typically higher in the spring than in winter. And if there is construction happening nearby, homeowners should be wary of dust and other particles being blown from the site by the wind.
Types Of Pollutants
Every home is different when it comes to IAQ! That’s what makes it so tough to find the real culprit behind irritating symptoms. Air pollutants negatively impact air quality in your home and are generally divided into six categories by the EPA. These include:
- Ground-level Ozone
- Particulate Matter
- Carbon Monoxide
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Nitrogen Dioxide
When inhaled, these pollutants can cause a number of health problems. While these health problems may start as minor irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, they can soon progress into more severe illnesses if the air quality isn’t improved.
Some of the most common pollutants fall in the particulate matter category — like pollen, mold, dust and more tiny particles! The best way to find out if your home is invaded by seasonal allergens is by scheduling a professional IAQ test.
IAQ Solutions From Blanco AC!
Every household HVAC system is different. An experienced AC specialist will be able to give you recommendations tailored to your home with a thorough air quality test and inspection. Schedule a consultation with Blanco AC, Electrical & Plumbing today to see which air quality solutions may be right for you.