While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Mechanicsville homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from house to household. You can buy filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at M & S Heating & Air LLC can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the specialists at M & S Heating & Air LLC to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 301-363-4699 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.