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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Elmhurst 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 cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to household. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 630-833-1100 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.