How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Bountiful homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to home. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Craig's Heating & Cooling can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Craig's Heating & Cooling 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 801-295-3357 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.