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 interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Corpus Christi homes are full of 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 cleaners 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 ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange 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 considerably from house to home. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at McNatt Inc can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner 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 specialists at McNatt 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 361-888-4808 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.