How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated 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 shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Lexington homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set 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 exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that critical filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at James Heating & A/C, Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.