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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Kearney homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products 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 managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to home. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 308-624-3485 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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