How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Dallas 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 cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer 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 controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to house. You can get filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 214-261-0034 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.