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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Pacheco homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution 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 managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from household to home. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Clean Air HVAC can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Clean Air HVAC to take good care of you. On top of 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 925-233-6238 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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