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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Delray Beach homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from household to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Kilbourne Heating & AC can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as checking 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 technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Kilbourne Heating & AC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 561-287-7071 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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