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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several 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 says that people fill 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 exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Vancouver homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to home. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner 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 needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 360-571-5100 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.