How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Pinellas County homes are polluted by 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 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 foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you know that 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 727-398-5515 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.