How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate 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 increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our West Palm Beach homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products 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 collect and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida 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 take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 561-515-5527 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.