While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in 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 inside. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Sacramento homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set 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 typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from house to household. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at American HVAC Inc can help you decide which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the professionals at American HVAC Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 916-243-6714 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.