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 indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Columbia homes are full of 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 realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the internal 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 needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 803-318-6995 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.