How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Colfax homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your interior 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 technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 509-397-3622 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.