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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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Macon homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air Temperature Control can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Air Temperature Control 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 478-202-3170 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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