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 internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Erie 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 products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling 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. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Patterson & Stirling Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure 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 interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 814-833-5558 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.