While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Libertyville homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 know that your HVAC can be your ally or your nemesis when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens around your home, so the key is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.
It’s also important to have your system routinely maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and make sure that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 847-362-0262 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.