Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Savage homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to home. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 952-373-0377 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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