How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our York homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from household to house. You can find filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central 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 interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 717-755-4127 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.