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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 interior 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 indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our West Columbia homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

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

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 803-265-4208 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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