Achoo! For many individuals in the Pacific Northwest, the coming of spring means allergies, allergies, and more allergies. For others, a stuffy nose, headache, and sneezing are symptoms they experience year-round. Did you know that bad indoor air quality could be the culprit for these symptoms—and more?

This spring, let’s breathe easier. In this edition of the Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning blog, we’ll dive into how to identify and fix poor indoor air quality.

Is My Indoor Air Quality Bad?

What types of symptoms are associated with poor indoor air quality? Poor indoor air quality can cause a range of different symptoms, including:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory irritation or shortness of breath
  • Sinus congestion
  • Dizziness
  • Hypersensitivity and allergies
  • Sneezing

If you’re experiencing any of the above on a consistent basis, you’ll want to assess your indoor air quality and take steps to improve the quality of the air you breathe and live in.

A Few Questions to Ask Yourself

When clients come to us with questions about how to assess and improve their indoor air quality, we start by asking them a variety of different questions, including:

  • Do you notice extra dust in your living space?
  • Do you have pets who live with you?
  • Are you experiencing bloody noses?
  • Are you a smoker, and if so, do you smoke indoors?
  • Do you burn a lot of candles?
  • Do you experience frequent allergy symptoms, including sneezing, headaches, and sinus congestion?

If answers to the above are yes, we then provide tips on how to improve the quality of their home’s air.

Invest in a Purifier

If you’re looking to truly clean and purify the quality of your home’s air, the best line of defense is to invest in an air purifier. Air purifiers are especially helpful for individuals who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. By keeping your sinuses clear, they can even help reduce snoring, too! Air purifiers work by quietly removing allergens and other pollutants in the air, such as odor, pollen, smoke, dust, and pet dander.

Some Purifiers Help Guard Against the Flu, Too!

Here at Jacobs, we offer a wide variety of products designed to improve your home’s indoor air quality, including air purifiers. One of our most popular and highly recommended purifiers is the Infinity® Air Purifier. It is completely silent, and in addition to removing the common air pollutants, is germicidal, too. This means that it can help protect against the flu and common cold.

Not Ready for the Investment? Consider High-Quality Air Filters

Improve the efficiency of your furnace and enjoy cleaner air by investing in high-quality air filters. This is a good alternative for those who aren’t ready to invest in an air purifier and who are suffering from more mild or subtle symptoms.

A brand that we highly recommend is the 2-4” Columbia Gold air filter. These are much better than the 1” disposable filters you can purchase at Home Depot, and can be an economical way to improve your indoor air quality while improving the efficiency of your furnace.

Change Filters Regularly

Regardless of the type of filters you use, you’ll want to replace your air filters often and regularly. In addition to dusting and vacuuming, keeping your air filters fresh and clean will make a positive impact on the quality of your indoor air.

If you have 1” filters, you’ll need to check your filters even more regularly.

Consider a Humidifier

In cities across the Pacific Northwest, like right here in Portland, OR, humidifiers aren’t necessarily something we need. However, regardless of the climate you live in, humidifiers can be extremely helpful for those with bad allergies. Humid air helps filters or air purifiers trap pollen, and other particles which will help to minimize allergies. Humid air can also be healing for the lungs, helping those who suffer from respiratory conditions breathe a little easier. Our Carrier humidifiers help you control air moisture, improving your home’s health.

How Can We Help?

Our consultants here at Jacobs Heating and Cooling would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss how to best improve the air quality in your home. We offer in-home consultations in addition to products, installations, and repairs. Reach out to us with any questions. Breathe easy this spring!