How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

August 03, 2017

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for most people, the risks to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Keokuk homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that find 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. Above all, you must 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 fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from house to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at WM J Kraus & Son can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running efficiently.

It’s also important to have your system habitually maintained by a pro to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of checking that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and ensure that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your specialist if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at WM J Kraus & Son to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system operating, we can help you ensure 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 319-229-2318 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.