While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Los Angeles homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and circulate allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to household. You can find filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
It’s also important to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you make sure 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 800-296-5088 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.