While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Jefferson City 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 ordinary household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The key 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 controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to household. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Stieferman Heating Company Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.
It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be needed.
When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the specialists at Stieferman Heating Company Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 573-203-3908 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.