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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Plainfield homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect 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 differ significantly from home to home. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical 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 specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the professionals at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc to take good care of you. Besides 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 815-410-1231 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.