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 large 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 dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Crystal Lake 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 average 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Campbell's Tempracure can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee 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 rely on the experts at Campbell's Tempracure to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 815-788-6283 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.