While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Elk River homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Home Comfort Heating & Air can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.
It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the specialists at Home Comfort Heating & Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 763-276-0617 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.