How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior 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 within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Plover homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to household. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Point Heating & Cooling can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important 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 technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Point Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 715-345-1979 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.