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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Shelby Township homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to house. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Mr. Air Repair can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure 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 interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Mr. Air Repair to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 586-262-4258 or setup an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.