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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Waterloo homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning properly.

It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure 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 interior air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 519-664-0600 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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