How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external 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 risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Madera homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products 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 ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. 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 559-675-1681 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.