How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside 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 within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Greenville homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Ken Parker Service Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at Ken Parker Service Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 903-883-2829 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.