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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 indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in 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. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Saint Marys 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 cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to household. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 912-208-2470 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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