How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Ontario 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 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution 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 inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to home. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Stan's Heating, Inc can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Stan's Heating, Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 541-889-3987 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.