While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior 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 shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Tucson homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, 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 know that your HVAC can be your ally or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from household to home. You can get filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Ambient Air can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly.
It’s also crucial to have your system regularly checked by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical filter, your service technician will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Ambient Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to combat poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 520-357-4912 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.