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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate 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 shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Lake Forest homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 foe 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. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to house. You can buy filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as checking 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 technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 949-204-0859 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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