While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal 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 within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Manassas homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleaners 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 supporter or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can differ considerably from home to home. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.
It’s also vital to have your system routinely maintained by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist 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 beneficial.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 703-260-1148 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.