How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate 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 indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our McMurray 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 average household cleaners 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to household. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Kowalski Heating & Cooling can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at Kowalski Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 724-745-7404 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.