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 big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time within a home or building. So, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Rapid City homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that make 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 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 circulate allergens all over your home, so the answer is to keep your system well maintained. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to look at them monthly and change them out when you see that they’re becoming dirty. They’ll typically need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can fluctuate considerably from home to household. You can buy filters that span from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc can help you decide which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that all-important 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 professionals at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc 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 605-342-5107 or schedule an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.