How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate 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 several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Columbus homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to household. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Wolfe & Sons Inc can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Wolfe & Sons Inc to take good care of you. Besides 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 614-451-0846 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.