How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing 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 greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Front Royal homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, 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 key 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 handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Dave's Diversified Services can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the internal 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 needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Dave's Diversified Services to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 540-369-3971 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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