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What's Causing My Indoor Allergies?

Spring is here! That can only mean one thing--spring cleaning and pollen. Many of us equate our homes with an oasis — a space where we can escape harsh outdoor elements and relax in a clean, comfortable environment. Unfortunately, the air we breathe inside our homes may not be as healthy as we think it is.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the air inside the average home can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air quality as one the top five environmental risks to public health. Yikes!

While dust, dirt, pollen, mold, pet dander and other indoor pollutants can worsen your allergies, there are several measures you can take to reduce indoor air pollution and start breathing cleaner. Learn about common causes of indoor allergies and how to fix them!

Dirty Air Filters and Ducts

Over time, pollutants build up in your air conditioning system. If not changed or cleaned regularly, a filter can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

To prevent harmful allergens from circulating through your home, it is important to change your filter monthly and have a professional technician clean your ducts at least once a year. It is also helpful to use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in your home to trap more particles.

Humidity

The air conditioning process already involves a lot of moisture, as it compresses gas to liquid. Add humidity and the occurrence of mold, and bacteria become significantly higher. While humidity is tough to beat in Florida, something as simple as making sure your air ducts are properly sealed with no leaks can help greatly.

If leaks aren’t the issue, consider having dehumidifying system installed in your air handler. A dehumidifier allows you to regulate the humidity level inside your home, just as you do the temperature.

Poor Ventilation

Newer homes are built to be more airtight. While this is beneficial in protecting us from outdoor elements, it also makes it harder for pollutants and allergens to escape the home. To combat this issue, it’s important to keep the air circulating. Open windows when the weather is nice and keep ceiling fans running.

Fight Indoor Allergies With Trusted Professionals!

At Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC, your family’s health is a priority. With regular maintenance and cleaning, along with other services to improve indoor air quality, our experienced technicians are here to help. Don’t let indoor air pollution take over your oasis! Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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