How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air 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 rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Indian River County homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate 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 fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Custom Air Systems Inc can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at Custom Air Systems Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 772-571-1080 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.