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 big 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 critically polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Saint Louis homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to house. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 314-961-0875 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.