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 interior 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 shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Saint Peters homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to house. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at C-N-O Comfort Zone can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at C-N-O Comfort Zone 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 take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 636-578-1777 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.