How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect 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 several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Dresden 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 everyday 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 best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at McFadden Heating & Cooling can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at McFadden Heating & Cooling 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 1-866-781-0111 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.