While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Anchorage homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change 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 fluctuate greatly from household to house. You can find filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running efficiently.
It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and make sure 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 internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 907-202-9798 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.