While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants in the air outside your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising 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 spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be larger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Our Rapid City homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, 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 solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.
You should know that your HVAC can be your supporter or your nemesis when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to check them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to household. You can find filters that span from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Street Heating and Cooling can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running correctly.
It’s also vital to have your system regularly checked by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. As well as checking 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 professional if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.
When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can trust the professionals at Street Heating and Cooling to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that 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 605-206-3915 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.