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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our McHenry homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to household. You can find filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 815-459-4700 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.