San Antonio doesn’t get a huge amount of rain compared to other areas, but it can still be a major force in our lives. In addition to wet streets and cancelled baseball games, rainfall can have a significant impact on your indoor air quality. Here’s how, and what you can do about it.
IAQ and Allergens
The spring months in general affect the quality of the air, both indoors and out. They bring with them pollen, dust, and other contaminants that can wreak havoc on allergies and asthma. The rainfall adds to this, by increasing the levels of mold and mildew.
The problem is exacerbated if you have leaks in your home. If even a small amount of moisture is able to get in, it can foster mold growth. Those mold spores will then spread through your home, to be breathed in by family members. Dust also increases in your home when it rains, lowering your overall IAQ.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
There are several things you can do to increase your home’s air quality and reduce allergens. First, seal any leaks through which rain can enter your home. You might even want to get a home energy evaluation, to identify where any leaks are, so they can be sealed. Then, have your home checked for mold, and remove it.
Finally, make sure you have an air filtration system that can remove mold spores and raise your IAQ. A standard HVAC air filter can handle this, but it’s important to replace the filter regularly. You should check it every month and replace it at least every three months.
If you’re really concerned about indoor air quality, you can invest in a dedicated air purifier. They remove not just mold and dust, but other harmful contaminants as well, such as cigarette smoke, auto emissions, and even viruses and bacteria. If you’re an allergy or asthma sufferer, this can help you breathe easy during the rainy season, and all year long.
For more indoor air quality tips, contact us at Beyer Boys. We provide quality HVAC solutions to the San Antonio area.