How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Grove City homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners 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 best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to household. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air Quality Solutions can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central 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 beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Air Quality Solutions to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 614-871-4144 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.