How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Williamsport homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to household. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Lycoming Heating Company can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Lycoming Heating Company 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 570-326-4450 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.