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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor 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 dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

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

You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Rescue Heating & Air can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service specialist 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 needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Rescue Heating & Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 361-265-4371 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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