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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Moline homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to home. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your inside 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 ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 309-323-9584 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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