How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Reeds Spring homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 417-739-4606 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.