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 internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside 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. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Carlsbad homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to household. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. 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 all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 575-887-7777 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.