While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Columbus 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 everyday 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 ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from house to home. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.
It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential 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 needed.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the specialists at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 614-451-0846 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.