What Can I Do To Help My Allergies At Home?
Posted on: May 25, 2015 | by: Will Housh
Our HVAC question today comes from Jane in Dayton, Ohio:
“I along with several members of my family suffer from seasonal allergies. It’s not just bad outdoors, but also affects us inside the home. With spring here, what can I do to get some relief? Cleaning just doesn’t seem to do the trick!”
Winter is officially over, and along with warmer temperatures, allergens will show up soon. They won’t just be outside, they’ll also find their way indoors where they, along with other allergens that exist indoors year-round, can wreak havoc on your health and happiness if left untreated. Homeowners like Jane can alleviate allergy symptoms by understanding how their indoor air quality affects them and what measures can be taken to improve it.
Allergens Are Inside Your Home…
On average, indoor air is five times more polluted than the air outside. In extreme cases, indoor pollutant levels can be as much as 100 times worse, exposing occupants to a higher concentration of allergens that affect them.
Allergens find their way into your home using many paths — through an open window or door, growing in your central air system, even tracked in on your shoes.
Common Allergens Inside Your Home Include:
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
Solutions For Allergy Sufferers:
There are solutions available that work to reduce pollutant levels in your home and improve air quality, which have helped allergy sufferers reduce the occurrence of symptoms they experience inside. For homeowners like Jane, here are the products we’d recommend:
High-efficiency furnace filters
A filter with a MERV rating of 8 and up will help remove large and small pollutant particles from your indoor air. During allergy season, be sure to check your high-efficiency air filter monthly and replace it when it becomes dirty and clogged; check the manufacturer’s guidelines for replacement information.
Mold is an allergen many are sensitive to, which can grow deep within your central air system, exposing your household not only during allergy season, but year-round. Ultraviolet lights are installed within the system and get to work killing existing growth and preventing conditions which allow regrowth to occur. These lights are also effective at killing microscopic mold spores that flow through the system from outdoor sources.
Many allergens can grow of thrive in high-humidity environments, including mold, mildew, and dust mites. A dehumidifier keeps indoor humidity to a comfortable and safe level, controlling allergens that trigger uncomfortable symptoms.
Air cleaners are effective at removing up to 99.97% of allergens and other pollutants from your indoor spaces. Different types of air cleaners are available to target the pollutants that exist in your home.
Have an allergy we did not mention? Let us know below and we can give advice on how to remove the allergens from your home!