How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Bloomington 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 ordinary household cleansers 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 best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to home. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at All Seasons Heating & A/C Co can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 put your faith in the experts at All Seasons Heating & A/C Co to take good care of you. On top of 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 812-332-9100 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.