How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Portland Metro 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 everyday household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to home. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Central Air Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Central Air Inc to take good care of you. On top of 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 503-656-1908 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.