While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Cambridge 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 cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change 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 vary greatly from home to house. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.
It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 410-228-4822 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.