Shreveport, Louisiana, has a heavy pollen season that leaves many residents with allergy symptoms, especially irritating for people with sensitive sinuses, lungs or asthma. Your ventilation system is an important defense against allergens and can help keep your home as comfortable as possible, whether you’re allergic to pollen, pet dander, or dust. Here are two ways that ventilating properly can help reduce allergens in your home.

Reduce VOCs

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are one of the greatest causes of allergy symptoms in the home. VOCs are introduced into the environment through the use of substances that contain them, including paint, scented candles, and many household cleaners. VOC levels can be reduced by keeping these items stored outside of the home in well-sealed containers and using natural cleaning products. What do you do when they’ve already been introduced? Ventilation is excellent at removing these items from your home and replacing them with clean, fresh air without VOC contamination. Run ventilation in your home after using a substance that contains VOCs.

Keep Air Fresh

Ventilation works by removing dirty air from your home, allowing your HVAC system to replace it with clean, fresh air that’s been conditioned, filtered and had most contaminants and allergens removed. Through regular cycling, you can keep the air inside your home from becoming loaded with allergens like pet dander, dust, and pollen, which can trigger a variety of symptoms. No matter how hard we clean, chances are some of these allergens will be inside our home, and ventilation is one of the best ways to get it out of the air and away from your loved ones. Plus, fresh air will keep your home from feeling stagnant or muggy, which is common during the summer months.

The ventilation experts at Pioneer Comfort Systems can help you choose a system that works best for you and your family to improve your indoor air quality. Give us a call at 318-965-7200 today to set up an appointment.

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