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 growing 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 biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for many people, the threats to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Norco and St. Charles Parish homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer 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 controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from home to house. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Mayeuxs AC & Heating can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running correctly.
It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the inner 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 internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at Mayeuxs AC & Heating to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 (985) 764-2426 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.