How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor 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 inside 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 within a home or building. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Metro Atlanta homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution 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 controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from household to household. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at ACS Inc can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at ACS Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 770-939-7500 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.