How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Macon homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, 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 key 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Air Temperature Control can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Air Temperature Control 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 478-784-1109 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.