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 interior air quality can have a huge 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 dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Phoenix homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe 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 functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the experts at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 602-997-5701 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.