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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 internal air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Mankato area homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The key 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 harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must 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 becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can find filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Northern Comfort Inc can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Northern Comfort Inc to take good care of you. On top of 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 507-307-4818 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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