While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Monroe homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to house. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
It’s also important to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you know that 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 608-291-3606 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.