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Prevent Allergy Suffering with These Indoor Air Quality Tips

woman-sitting-on-her-couch-blowing-her-nose-in-tissueHow much do you know about your home’s indoor air quality? The most important thing for you to know is that it’s worse than the quality of your outdoor air—at least this is the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

Indoor air quality issues are often attributed to allergy symptoms—coughing, sneezing, wheezing, etc. Even the healthiest person can suffer. But it’s especially awful for those who already have seasonal allergies or asthma. The problem is that today’s homes are built very tightly to conserve energy—which is great for your HVAC systems—and as such dust, dirt, and other debris get trapped in the home and circulate continuously through your air. Another problem is that dust and debris gets trapped in your air ducts, too. So what can you do?

Tip #1: Have an Air Cleaner Installed

There are two types of air cleaners—mechanical and electrostatic. The mechanical air cleaner is one of the most popular, using a physical media such as fiberglass to trap small particles in the air. They’re very effective at removing a wide variety of airborne contaminants.

The electrostatic model charges the particles in the air passing through it so those particles stick to a collector plate where they can be cleaned off later.

There are benefits to both types of air cleaners, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.

Tip #2: Invest in Routine Duct Cleaning

Professional duct cleaning allows our technicians to remove all the contaminants from your ducts. These can include dust, dirt, and even bacteria such as mold spores. Getting rid of dirt buildup frees up space in the ventilation system so that your air conditioner (and heater, for that matter) can perform as efficiently and effectively as it is meant to.

“Is My Indoor Air Quality Really Even That Bad?”

Our staff is happy to come and assess where the indoor air quality opportunities are in your home. There are a few signs you can watch out for on your own that do, in fact, indicate you’re dealing with poor air quality, such as:

  • Bad Allergy Symptoms: Going back to the intro of this post, allergy symptoms can be exacerbated by poor indoor air quality. Do you find yourself or someone in your family suffering from sinus headaches, sneezing, watery eyes, or coughing? These are all indications of suffering indoor air quality.
  • Uneven Cooling: Have you noticed hot spots in your home as the weather warms? This could be because of ductwork damage—poor installation or wear and tear from age can result in ductwork breaches. But another possibility is that blockages have formed in your dirty ducts and are causing the airflow to be less powerful in those areas.
  • Lots of Dust in the Home: Do you find yourself dusting off all the surfaces of your home a couple times a week? It’s a frustrating problem, but one that you can do something about! You’ll still need to dust on occasion of course, but air cleaning and duct cleaning can both significantly improve your situation.

Contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today for quality air cleaners in Skokie, IL.

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