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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Cape Coral homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from house to home. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Comfort Zone Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working 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 put your faith in the specialists at Comfort Zone Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 239-574-2327 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.