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 indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing 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 greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Safford 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 cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at B&D Air Conditioning can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at B&D Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides 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 928-432-6018 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.