While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Williamsport homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that force their way in out homes, 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should realize that your HVAC can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens around your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you must keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to home. You can get filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Lycoming Heating Company can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating efficiently.
It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that essential filter, your service expert will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the professionals at Lycoming Heating Company to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 570-244-2510 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.