How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Manassas Park homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to home. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Woody's Sudden Service Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Woody's Sudden Service Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 703-369-5528 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.