How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Abilene homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to home. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Abilene Air-Tech 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 325-692-5850 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.