How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Franklin Lakes homes are polluted by 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to household. You can get filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Total Comfort can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service expert 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 needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Total Comfort to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 201-891-1333 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.