How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Hamilton homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC to take good care of you. In addition to 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 513-275-3601 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.