How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of 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 increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Tampa Bay 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 products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from house to home. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Langford Cooling can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also important to have your system habitually serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Langford Cooling to take good care of you. Besides 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 813-898-9553 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.