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 interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Augusta homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to house. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 706-722-5304 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.