Allergies can be an annoying nuisance, especially as it gets colder outside. However, it could be possible that the symptoms you are experiencing are not related to your allergies but your indoor air quality.
Here at Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing, we are experts when it comes to indoor air quality. Here’s everything you need to know about the difference between allergies and indoor air quality.
Allergies are very common, especially during the fall and winter months. People with allergies mostly experience symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus irritation
However, symptoms can vary from person to person. Some may experience all of these symptoms or none of them at all.
For residents of areas like Houston, people will experience allergies symptoms in the winter, particularly in January. This is because tree pollen in the air moves a lot at this time of year. Trees like Elm, Ash, Juniper, Pine and Oak are the biggest offenders.
Symptoms Of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality can cause a lot of the same symptoms that allergies can, making it hard to tell if you have poor indoor air quality or if it’s just allergies. However, there are a few symptoms that do differentiate it. Along with sneezing and coughing, poor air quality can also cause:
People will generally start to show symptoms several hours after being in the room/building with poor air quality. Thankfully, simply leaving the room/building with poor air quality should relieve you of any symptoms fairly quickly.
When Should I Get An Indoor Air Quality Test
Because allergies and poor indoor air quality cause similar symptoms, it’s hard to say when it’s time to have an air quality test. If you notice that you only have symptoms at your home, then it could be from poor air quality.
If you usually don’t experience allergies any time of year but are suddenly plagued with coughing and sneezing, you might have poor air quality. If you do have allergies but are experiencing unusual symptoms such as dizziness, it could be more than just allergies.
You should also think about the last time you had an indoor air quality test. If you moved into a new home and started to experience symptoms, then it’s better to be safe than sorry and have an air quality test conducted.
Is It Allergies or My Air Quality?
In some cases, it’s just too difficult to tell whether you are experiencing allergies or symptoms of poor air quality. In these cases, it’s best to talk to your doctor and get a professional opinion about your symptoms. It also never hurts to get an air quality test. If you know it’s been a long time since your last test or that your home has never been tested, then don’t wait to schedule an appointment.
If you are ready to schedule an air quality test, then contact us at Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing today. Whether you need an AC tune-up, a furnace repaired, or a thermostat installed, we can help you with all of your heating and air needs. If you are in Houston, contact us today!