How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Laguna Hills homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to house. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at White Mechanical, Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that all-important 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 specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at White Mechanical, Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 949-716-8379 or arrange an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.