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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Rock Hill homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place 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 replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to home. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at US Air Heating and Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure 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 internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at US Air Heating and Cooling to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 803-980-4328 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.