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 interior 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 indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Colorado Springs homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to home. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 719-332-3458 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.