Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Alliance homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to household. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 experts at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces 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 308-646-3827 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.

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