How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within 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. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Englewood homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to home. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at TemperaturePro® can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at TemperaturePro® to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 720-446-5100 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.