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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Florissant 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 ordinary household cleansers 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 ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from home to household. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at B & B Heating & Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at B & B Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 314-838-9800 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.