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 indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Homer Glen homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from house to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Pinnacle HVAC LLC can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is running 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 put your faith in the specialists at Pinnacle HVAC LLC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 708-301-0170 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.