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 couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Carpentersville homes are contaminated with 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 products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from home to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 224-699-9229 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.