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 interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Tuscaloosa homes are polluted by 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to 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 typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to household. You can get filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at KDM Service Corporation can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at KDM Service Corporation 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 205-758-2703 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.