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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people associate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your internal air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time inside. So, for a lot of people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Cedar Rapids homes are full of outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way indoors, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from everyday household products 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 worst enemy when it comes to managing your allergies. A dirty system can collect and distribute allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can differ greatly from household to household. You can buy filters that range from the most straightforward level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Ilten's Incorporated can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a professional to keep your interior air quality where it should be. As well as inspecting that essential filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and guarantee that everything is working as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be needed.

When it comes to your interior air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Ilten's Incorporated 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 take on poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 319-363-0283 or arrange an appointment with us online to certify that your home’s air is healthy and pure.