How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside 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 increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our West Palm Beach homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to household. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working 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 professionals at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 561-656-4255 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.