How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our San Angelo homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air-Dynamics Inc can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Air-Dynamics Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 325-655-2515 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.