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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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be greater 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 products 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 ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Rescue Heating & Air can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually checked by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure 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 put your faith in 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 361-265-4371 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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