How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of 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 growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Midlothian homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to household. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 804-379-1155 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.