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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 internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Bloomfield homes are contaminated with 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 answer 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 managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Stanford Heating & Cooling can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Stanford Heating & Cooling to take good care of you. Besides 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 812-825-8695 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.

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