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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our South Beloit and Belvidere homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by an expert 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 ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 877-389-2465 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.