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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 interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Newton homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers 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 worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, 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 fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to home. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Brookwood Inc can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal 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 needed.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Brookwood Inc 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 combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 641-316-9803 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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