How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Augusta homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to 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 getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to home. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at McCune Heating & Cooling can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at McCune Heating & Cooling 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 316-733-9123 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.