How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate 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 few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Thousand Oaks homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from household to home. You can get filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Air Max HVAC Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Air Max HVAC Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 805-217-8662 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.