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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our the Main Line homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist 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 beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 610-257-7035 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.