How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Show Low 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 928-537-1803 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.