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 huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a increasing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air in homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the outside air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people devote approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Cedar Rapids 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 products and more. So, what can you do about it? The answer is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can collect and circulate allergens around your home, so the solution is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you must keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or mark it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can vary significantly from home to house. You can get filters that range from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Ilten's Incorporated can help you establish which kind of filter will keep your home healthy and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. In addition to checking that critical filter, your service specialist will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating 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 professionals at Ilten's Incorporated to take good care of you. In addition to 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 319-208-3295 to ensure your home’s air is healthy and pure.