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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 large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the risks 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 indoors, 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 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 controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap 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 get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained 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 make sure 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 internal 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 641-812-2028 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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