While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal 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 critically 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 inside. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Lodi 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 average 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 realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from household to house. You can find filters that vary from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning properly.
It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner 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 internal air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, 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 209-257-3156 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.