While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Brandon homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that critical filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Brandon Heating and Plumbing to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 204-728-0180 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.