How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people connect 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 growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Lincoln homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to home. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at AW Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at AW Heating & Air Conditioning 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 402-438-7992 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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