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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 internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Marshalltown homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from house to home. You can find filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the experts at Kapaun & Brown Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 641-753-3563 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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