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 several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our the Upper Rio Grande Valley homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change 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 vary considerably from house to home. You can find filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Cytech Heating & Cooling can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 956-630-3522 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.