How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Aurora homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place 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 normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Service Plus Mechanical can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Service Plus Mechanical 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 630-809-6319 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.