How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect 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 rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Ballwin homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over 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 indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also vital to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the central 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 indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 636-206-4250 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.