How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air 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 indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Moline 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 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 spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to home. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 309-762-3641 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.