How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our West Valley homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products 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 worst enemy 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 must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change 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 differ greatly from household to home. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 801-305-4777 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.