How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your indoor air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the threats to health may be bigger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Keokuk homes are full of 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 understand that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system operating well. Above all, you have to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re getting dirty. They’ll normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate greatly from house to home. You can get filters that span from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at WM J Kraus & Son can help you determine which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running properly. It’s also crucial to have your system habitually maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. As well as examining that critical 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 internal air quality, you can rely on the experts at WM J Kraus & Son 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 319-524-3714 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and clean.