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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside 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 specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Gresham homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners 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 best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to household. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Honke Heating & AC can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running 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 professionals at Honke Heating & AC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 503-663-8033 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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