How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior 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 indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Hattiesburg 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 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 nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running 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 put your faith in the specialists at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 601-268-3486 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.