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 rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Redford homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to household. You can buy filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Airtronic Heating & Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the experts at Airtronic Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 313-537-8111 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.