How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Bishop 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 everyday 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 realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set 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 vary considerably from home to household. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 760-784-9034 or schedule an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.