While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Lawrence homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you need to 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 becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Scott Temperature can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating 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 rely on the professionals at Scott Temperature to take good care of you. On top of 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 785-269-0465 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.