Lots of Sneezing this Summer? It Could be an Air Quality Issue

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For many homeowners, summer is a chance to open up the windows and let the fresh air breeze through the home. Others dread pollen and airborne allergens that leave them itching and sneezing all summer long. The reality is that homes with poor indoor air quality offer little respite from seasonal allergies.

Controlling the indoor air quality in your home can reduce seasonal symptoms. There are two ways to do this:

1. Routine Cleaning of Heating and Cooling Systems

The filter in your HVAC unit is designed to keep dirt and debris from causing unnecessary stress or damage to the equipment. Over time, allergens collect on this filter and then disseminate through the house. Keeping the air filter and ductwork clean should be part of regular maintenance on the system.

2. Install Air Quality Screens and Filters

Many allergens are so small that they pass through filters. In this case, the best approach is to prevent them from entering the home. That can be accomplished by installing anti-pollen screens for windows or adding a mechanical air filter or electronic air cleaners to the existing HVAC system. These approaches still promote airflow but are effective at limiting the concentration of allergens that come into the home.

If you are interesting in improving the indoor air quality of your home this summer, contact us to schedule an air quality screening. This will not only detect the things in the air such as dust mites, pet dander, and allergens that may be agitating your allergies, but our professional technicians will help identify ways to improve the air quality in your home.

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