While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Oxford homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Set 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 typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from home to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC operating properly.
It’s also vital to have your system habitually checked by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as examining that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 662-281-1231 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.