How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising 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 devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our East Hanover 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 ordinary household cleansers 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 supporter or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap 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 fluctuate significantly from home to house. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Effective Service Group, LLC. can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed. When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Effective Service Group, LLC. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 973-884-0065 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.