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 specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Buellton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your interior 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 make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 805-688-4018 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.