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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Shelby homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to home. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Hopper Heating and Air can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service technician will clean the central 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 helpful.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Hopper Heating and Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 704-233-7363 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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