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Is It Winter Allergies Or Poor Indoor Air Quality?

December 15, 2022 | Blog

Are you suffering from allergy or cold/flu-like symptoms? The recent drop in temperatures might be to blame, or they could be a consequence of poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

Figuring out the cause of your health issues can be confusing, so Air Tech of Katy is here to clear the air — literally. Our team of fully equipped and trained technicians can help you determine what air pollutants are present in your home and how to get rid of them. But first, let us walk you through the varying symptoms of outdoor and indoor allergens, how to prevent them and knowing when to call for help!

Common Seasonal Allergies

Although most homeowners think of springtime as “allergy season,” the Houston area’s humid and mild climate allows allergies throughout all four seasons. Some common Katy allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy nose, eyes or throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Red, swollen or watery eyes
  • Ear pressure
  • Headaches

How Winter Affects Indoor Air Quality

Unfortunately, many seasonal allergy symptoms are similar to the effects of poor indoor air quality, which makes determining the cause of your health issues difficult. Homeowners will often blame their symptoms on outdoor allergens, but indoor allergens can be just as hard on your immune system.

With cold temperatures encouraging families to spend more time at home, more instances of air pollutants arise. Some examples of these harmful indoor pollutants that emerge during winter include:

  • Carbon monoxide released from furnaces, fireplaces and other fuel-burning appliances
  • Toxic fumes emitted from burning candles
  • Mold growth in moist conditions, such as hot water showers that create steam
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) spread from using harsh chemical cleaning solutions
  • Pet hair and dander accumulation

Contaminants such as these pose a greater threat when there is poor ventilation. VOCs and toxic fumes stay trapped inside your home, increasing your family’s exposure to air pollution.

When To Call For Air Quality Testing

Any time is a good time to schedule an air quality test, especially if it’s been a while since your last appointment. Even if what you’re experiencing is simply run-of-the-mill allergies, an inspection can help identify solutions, such as air duct cleaning or repair, that are sure to improve your symptoms.

Keeping up with air quality maintenance at home is also important for preventing health issues, so here are some DIY tips to practice throughout the year:

  • Replace your air filters regularly.
  • Clean and dust your home, heating unit and vents routinely.
  • Limit your use of harsh cleaning products by opting for non-toxic store-bought options or homemade cleaning solutions.
  • Invest in an air purifier.

Employing these tactics can significantly enhance the quality of your air. However, if you’re still experiencing symptoms, there could be an issue only an expert can locate and fix. The best way to help determine if your symptoms are a result of poor IAQ is if you notice they worsen when at home.

Indoor Air Quality Services In Katy

If you suspect your home has low IAQ or just want to better the air your family breathes, contact a professional. Our team at Air Tech of Katy provides thorough inspections and testing to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and perform the necessary repairs and purifying solutions. We know how crucial IAQ is to your health, so let us help you breathe easier today. Give us a call!

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