How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal 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 indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our West Palm Beach homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy 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. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to home. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Summit Air Conditioning Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the internal 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 interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Summit Air Conditioning Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 561-582-3390 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.