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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

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

Our Carpentersville homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to home. You can find filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 224-412-8308 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.