How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal 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 in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Odessa homes are polluted by 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to house. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner 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 indoor air quality, you can trust the experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 432-333-2208 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.