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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Paso Robles 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 average 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 know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working 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 experts at Paso Robles Heating and Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 805-238-7553 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.