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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Brea homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to household. You can find filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Econo Air can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Econo Air to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure 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 714-695-6661 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.