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 indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising 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 biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Belton homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly. It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure 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 internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 254-939-1141 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.