How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Colorado Springs homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe 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. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming 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 span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Mitchell Heating can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Mitchell Heating to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 719-596-6677 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.