While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal 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 inside 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 fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Pella homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens throughout 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 set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to house. You can find filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently.
It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee 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 indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 641-628-3621 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.