How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Northwest Arkansas homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to household. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC to take good care of you. On top of 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 479-372-4304 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.