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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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown 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 spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Tucson homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to home. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Ambient Air can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Ambient Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 520-201-3871 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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