How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior 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 inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Columbia 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 realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Watts Electric & A/C Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating 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 put your faith in the professionals at Watts Electric & A/C Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 601-736-7362 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.