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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Moline homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, 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 supporter or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to household. You can buy filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at J.L. Brady Company LLC can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the experts at J.L. Brady Company LLC to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 309-517-7511 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.