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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

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

Our Tucker homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish 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 usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from household to household. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner 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 needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 770-450-1539 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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