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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect 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 inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Kearney homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 ally 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 well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house 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 type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly.

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

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust 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 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 308-624-3485 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.

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