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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown 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 says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our McMurray 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 products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from house to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.
It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 724-370-0141 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.