How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies08/03/2017While many people correlate allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a huge impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last few years, a rising body of scientific evidence has shown that the air inside homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more interaction with air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Our Topeka homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average 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 know that your HVAC can be your ally 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 well maintained. Above all, you need to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to check them monthly and swap 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 considerably from home to home. You can find filters that range from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The experts at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. can help you establish which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC functioning efficiently. It’s also vital to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. On top of examining that all-important filter, your service expert will clean the internal workings of your system and ensure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be helpful. When it comes to your internal air quality, you can trust the experts at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. to take good care of you. Besides helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 785-357-6200 or schedule an appointment with us online to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and pure.