How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously 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. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Crestview homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check 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 significantly from home to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Gordon Air Conditioning can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor 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 operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the experts at Gordon Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 850-682-5509 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.