How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants 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 specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research shows that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of 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 cleansers 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 ally or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system operating well. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Set a reminder or set it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange 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 differ considerably from household to house. You can buy filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Precision Mechanical can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also crucial to have your system regularly serviced by a professional to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of checking that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the central workings of your system and ensure 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 interior air quality, you can trust the experts at Precision Mechanical to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you know that 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 605-206-2564 to certify that your home’s air is healthy and fresh.