How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While 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 couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more contact with 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 ordinary 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 nemesis when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you must 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 changed every two or three months, but this can differ 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 determine which form of filter will keep your home clean 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 all-important 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 put your faith in the professionals at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, 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 715-421-5555 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.