How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously 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. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Bossier City homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the specialists at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 800-COOLING or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.