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

Our Mankato area homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 best friend or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set 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 vary considerably from house to household. You can get filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Northern Comfort Inc can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

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 take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 507-387-6596 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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