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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 internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Racine homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 rely on the professionals at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 262-358-9468 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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