How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing 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 greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Muskogee 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 cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout 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 indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to house. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the specialists at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 918-682-8238 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.