While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large 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 within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Albuquerque homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household products and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should realize that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish 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 usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to house. You can buy filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at I-Deal HVAC can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly.
It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the experts at I-Deal HVAC 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 505-445-1250 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.