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 rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our West Columbia homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working 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 rely on the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 803-796-9172 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.