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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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the dangers to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Rapid City homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday 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 supporter or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and distribute allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. First and foremost, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to house. You can buy filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Street Heating and Cooling can help you determine which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

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

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can rely on the experts at Street Heating and Cooling to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you make sure 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 605-206-3915 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.

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