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 growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Mount Pleasant homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish 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 typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to household. You can get filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Olde Towne Heating & Air can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central 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 rely on the specialists at Olde Towne Heating & Air 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 843-856-1433 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.