Allergies, Indoor Air And What Your HVAC System Has To Do With It

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Most of us who live in Contra Costa County or around the San Francisco Bay Area who suffer from allergies believe it’s the pollen, trees, or flowers during spring months that cause our misery. Sneezing; sniffling; itchy, watery eyes…the fact is, the indoor air in your home is far more polluted and could be the source of your problem.

Seasonal allergies, especially if they crop up multiple times per year, are not normal or something you just have to live with. Ask yourself if:

  • You ever wake up with a headache or get a stuffy nose for no reason?
  • You dry off after your shower, only to feel clammy before you get dressed?
  • Static in winter months when walking across the carpets in your home is a problem?

More than half of allergies can be attributed to poor indoor air quality according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It all boils down to the fact that there may be dust mites, pet dander, mold, bacteria, and other allergens lurking in the air – and if you answered “yes” to number 2 or 3 above, the air inside your home may be too moist (humid) or too dry. All of these things contribute to allergies and respiratory problems – but it could possibly be the duct system, a vital component of your HVAC system!

The ducts are what deliver conditioned (heated or cooled) air to the interior of your home. Sometimes the ductwork will develop air leaks or holes, or even come partially loose in a section. Dust, dirt, mold, even rodent hair or droppings can build up inside the ducts, so you can imagine what may be floating around in your indoor air as all of this flows through your air conditioning/heating system. No wonder so many people suffer from allergies for what seems like eternity!

At Ortiz Heating & A/C we can inspect your ducts and air system to determine whether it’s time to have your ducts cleaned. Because of the climate conditions in the Bay Area, we often have a bigger problem with dust mites, mold, and other contaminants than many other states. Could your constant allergies be related to your ducts or HVAC system? Contact our team of expert contractors today and let us help you find out!