How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal 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 seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Marshall homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to house. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at All Elements Heating & Air LLC can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at All Elements Heating & Air LLC to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 903-702-3941 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.