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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people correlate 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 rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for many people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Wisconsin Rapids homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary considerably from home to house. You can buy filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure 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 715-301-0256 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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