How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Napoleon and Northwest Ohio homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to house. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 419-592-4756 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.