How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor 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 shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside 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 risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Genoa homes are polluted by 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 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check 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 vary considerably from household to home. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also vital to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air to take good care of you. On top of 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 847-293-0047 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.