How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing 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 spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, 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 changed 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 Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee 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 internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 816-286-7258 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.