How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising 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 fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Olathe homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to household. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical 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 indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.