How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill 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 Bossier City homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from house to house. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc 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 routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc to take good care of you. On top of 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 318-747-4965 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.