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 interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Albuquerque homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from home to home. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 505-994-9176 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.