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 interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Winchester homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to home. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Thornberry Bros Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Thornberry Bros Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 859-745-1564 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.