While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the external air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. Therefore, for most people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Franklin Lakes homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be changed every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from household to household. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Total Comfort can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.
It’s also important to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.
When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Total Comfort 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 fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 201-268-5663 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.