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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising 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 within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Lake Charles homes are contaminated with 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to house. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 specialists at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 337-335-0992 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.