How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior 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 shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Carson City homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The key 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 collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to house. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Anderson Heating & A/C can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Anderson Heating & A/C to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 775-882-8154 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.