How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Baltimore homes are full of 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 nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to home. You can get filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Quality Refrigeration can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also vital to have your system habitually serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Quality Refrigeration to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.