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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Denver homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to home. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also vital to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 303-452-4146 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.