How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Chicago homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from house to house. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly. It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 773-704-0640 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.