How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor 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 inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Scottsboro homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating 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 Southern Heating & Cooling 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 256-574-1300 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.