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 internal air quality can have a large 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 within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Greencastle homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners 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 supporter or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to home. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Premier HVAC Services LLC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating 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 rely on the specialists at Premier HVAC Services LLC to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 717-597-9900 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.