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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

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

Our Manassas Park 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 products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to home. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Woody's Sudden Service Inc can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.

It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Woody's Sudden Service Inc to take good care of you. In addition to 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 703-278-2036 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.

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