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 indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Wyandotte homes are polluted by 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need 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 fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to home. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 734-284-1224 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.