How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

Air Quality

While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your internal air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more critically polluted than the external air in even the biggest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people fill approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, for a lot of people, the risks to health may be greater due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Pella homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should know that your HVAC can be your best friend or your foe when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can foster and spread allergens all over your home, so the key is to keep your system well maintained. First and foremost, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place 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 normally need to be exchanged every two or three months, but this can fluctuate significantly from household to house. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating can help you establish which type of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely maintained by an expert to keep your inside air quality where it should be. On top of checking that critical filter, your service expert will clean the central workings of your system and guarantee that everything is running as it should. 

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can put your faith in the experts at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you make sure 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 641-628-3621 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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