While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Pocatello homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners 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 worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and distribute allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange 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 vary greatly from household to house. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Vogts Heating & Air can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.
It’s also vital to have your system routinely checked by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service expert will clean the central 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 helpful.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Vogts Heating & Air to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system operating, 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 208-621-0129 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.