How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Pacheco homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to home. You can get filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Clean Air HVAC can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure 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 interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Clean Air HVAC to take good care of you. On top of 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 925-689-7017 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.