How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing 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 largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Oxford homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap 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 differ significantly from household to house. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service technician will clean the central 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 662-350-0343 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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