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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Suffolk/Nassau County homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to household. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Airmax Long Island Inc can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

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

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Airmax Long Island 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 631-737-5566 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.

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