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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of 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 dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the threats to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Lodi homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to home. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 209-257-3156 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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