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 large 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 within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Upland homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to home. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service technician 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 helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 909-982-5698 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.