Can Your HVAC System Make Allergies Worse?

Allergies can trigger many annoying symptoms, such as a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes. 

You might be familiar with the seasonal allergies that affect millions of Americans every year. But you could be surprised to learn that one of the sources of allergies could be the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit in your home.

If you haven’t taken good care of your equipment, it can contribute to a continual buildup of allergens in your indoor spaces. 

Signs That Your HVAC Unit Is Making You Sick

Are your symptoms worse when your air conditioner or heat is turned on? Do you feel better when you leave your house? If so, there is a good chance that your HVAC system is the culprit. 

professional inspection from a trained and licensed technician can help pinpoint the exact nature of the problem and promptly address it. 

The Quality of Indoor Air Can Affect You

Allergies can be triggered by a host of contaminants and particles that are continuously discharged from a poorly maintained HVAC unit. It is very important to have your heating and cooling systems serviced regularly and your filters replaced on a routine basis so that they can block the airborne particles from reaching your living spaces. 

Indoor air can be a breeding ground for allergens for many reasons. This is especially true when:

  • Dirty air filters fail to trap allergens efficiently
  • There’s a high concentration of pet dander and pollen in the house
  • Mold is growing in your home or air conditioning unit due to high humidity or moisture
  • There’s a low level of carbon monoxide in the house, which can cause symptoms similar to allergies
  • The HVAC system has not had regular maintenance or cleaning

Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to address the problem.

Regular Maintenance Is Key to Maintaining Superior Air Quality

Trained HVAC technicians can provide regular inspection and maintenance services to ensure that your HVAC unit is performing optimally. They can also make sure that the system is clean and the filters are not worn out. 

During a service visit, an HVAC technician can also check for damage to the system and more serious problems, like carbon monoxide leaks. 

Schedule an Inspection of Your HVAC System Today

At Cascade Mechanical, we know how to keep your HVAC system running right. We specialize in a full range of HVAC services, from regular inspections to installing solutions for improved indoor air quality. Contact us today to find out more about our HVAC services and maintenance plans.