How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Groves homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air Solutions, Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Air Solutions, Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 409-962-2476 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.