How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Hudsonville homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from home to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 616-669-3961 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.