Woman With Allergies

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 interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Front Royal homes are full of 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 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 circulate 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 mark 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 find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Dave's Diversified Services can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal 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 indoor 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 540-369-3971 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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