How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal 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 indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our East Peoria homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution 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 solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to house. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure 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 indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 309-437-2703 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.