How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest 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 risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Chadron homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at MPC Heating & Cooling can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the specialists at MPC Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 308-432-5301 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.