While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously 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 inside. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Pacheco homes are polluted by 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 answer 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 collect and circulate allergens throughout 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 getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Clean Air HVAC can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.
It’s also crucial to have your system routinely checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at Clean Air HVAC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 925-233-6238 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.