How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our New Castle homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from house to household. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Central Heating & Plumbing can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that critical filter, your service technician 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 beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Central Heating & Plumbing to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 724-658-7111 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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