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 indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Zelienople homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to household. You can get filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Knoechel Heating Company can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Knoechel Heating Company to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 724-452-6280 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.