While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Phoenix homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to house. You can get filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Integrity AC & Heating LLC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.
It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central 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 helpful.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Integrity AC & Heating LLC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 602-971-0567 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.