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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our San Dimas 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 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 best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from home to household. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Energy Upgrades, Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Energy Upgrades, Inc. 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 626-478-2922 or setup an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.