While many people correlate 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 in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Heflin homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate 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 changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to home. You can find filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly.
It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 256-270-1196 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.