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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of 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 rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Wheeling homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Local HVAC Repair & Service can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Local HVAC Repair & Service to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 224-300-4806 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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