How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Utica homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleansers 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 ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at 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 vary greatly from household to household. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running 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 experts at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.