How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies Posted August 3, 2017 Air Quality While many people connect 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 increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Middletown homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably 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 Schagrin Gas Company can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the internal 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 helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Schagrin Gas Company to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 302-231-1380 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.