How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Plainfield homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force 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 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 managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to house. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 815-768-6656 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.