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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Rocky Mount homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change 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 considerably from household to house. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you know that 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 540-483-5605 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.