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 couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Selbyville 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 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check 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 significantly from house to home. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 302-436-2922 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.