How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Wisconsin Rapids homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer 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 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. Place a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to home. You can find filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating correctly.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by an expert to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can rely on the specialists at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 715-301-0256 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and fresh.