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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

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

Our Oxford homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you know that 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 662-281-1231 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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