How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor 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 shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Orange County homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, 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 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 managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to house. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Ocean Air Conditioning can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service expert 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 helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the specialists at Ocean Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 949-525-9119 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.