While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a rising body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our McHenry homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, 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 know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap 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 differ significantly from home to household. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently.
It’s also important to have your system regularly maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of examining that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.
When it comes to your interior air quality, you can trust the professionals at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 815-410-1128 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.