How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants 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 shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Raceland homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer 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 check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from house to household. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure 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 internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service to take good care of you. In addition to 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 985-537-6795 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.