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 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 outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Beaverton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system. You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly. It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service technician 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 put your faith in the specialists at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 503-848-3838 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.