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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated 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 indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Bossier City homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 800-COOLING to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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