While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Menomonie and western Wisconsin homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers 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 ally or your nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from household to home. You can buy filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Halverson Brothers Inc can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.
It’s also vital to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that critical filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the specialists at Halverson Brothers Inc to take good care of you. In addition to 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 715-352-4052 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.