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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air 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 increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Perry homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products 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 nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to house. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Gillman Heating and Air can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your interior 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 guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Gillman Heating and Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you know that 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 478-202-3076 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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