How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate 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 few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Richardson homes are contaminated with 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 cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from household to home. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Hammack Service Company can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Hammack Service Company 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 972-669-9192 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.