How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Auburn 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 everyday household cleaners 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 ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to household. You can buy filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Forster Heating can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Forster Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 530-885-8081 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.