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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously 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 inside. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Ridgedale and the Branson area homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from house to household. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Branson HVAC, LLC can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Branson HVAC, LLC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 417-544-4430 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.