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 internal air quality can have a huge 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 inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Wharton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from house to home. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. 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 inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal 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 helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 979-532-2511 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.