People with allergies typically seek refuge in their homes when common allergens – such as pollen and ragweed – are blowing in the wind. Ironically, the air inside many homes is significantly less healthy than the air outside.
Most people don’t realize that indoor air pollution levels are actually much higher than those outdoors — two to five times higher, says Julie McNairn, MD, an allergist, and immunologist.
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Mold, pet dander, dust mites and other allergens are regularly circulated throughout most homes, which can trigger symptoms in people with allergies or asthma. Poorly maintained heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can lower the air quality of your home. Some particles can be as small as one half of one micron, which is too small to be caught by normal disposable furnace filters.
It’s no wonder that the American College of Allergists says that 50 percent of illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality!
In addition to the health risks, poor indoor air quality increases energy costs and wears out your HVAC system faster. Dust and other particles that slip past the standard filter accumulates on the furnace and the air conditioning coil. This makes the system less efficient, which increases energy and maintenance costs.
Fortunately, whole-home air cleaners can clear up these air quality problems by trapping particles before they can ever reach your lungs. Standard Heating’s professionals are available for a free in-home consultation to help you understand your options.
Call us today at (612) 324-1015 and start breathing easier!