How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Lodi homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to home. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently. It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining 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 beneficial. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 209-368-0556 or setup an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.