How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing 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 spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Opelika homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must 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 changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of checking that all-important 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 334-524-2458 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.