How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside 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 in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Bakersfield 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 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 best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from house to household. You can buy filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing to take good care of you. In addition to 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 661-437-3499 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.