How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge 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 outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Orrville homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around 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 inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from house to house. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric 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 330-821-8432 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.