How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing 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 largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Charlottesville 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 average household cleaners 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 nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange 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 greatly from home to house. You can find filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Beck Cohen can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Beck Cohen 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 434-296-0129 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.