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 internal 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 shown 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 inside. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Marshalltown homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to home. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at B & G HVAC can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at B & G HVAC 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 641-752-3429 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.