How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Longview homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from household to household. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, 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 903-758-0701 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.