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 interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Humble homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout 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 indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Arrings A/C & Heating can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure 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 interior air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Arrings A/C & Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 281-713-8304 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.