Indoor Allergy Relief

Indoor allergies are a common problem for millions of people. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a crucial part of managing your allergies and creating a healthy, comfortable living environment. Here, you’ll discover valuable information on how to improve IAQ for indoor allergy relief.

Understanding Indoor Allergies

Household allergens include dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteria and viruses, as well as pollen that makes its way inside. These allergens trigger allergic reactions. When allergens are present in the air, they can result in symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and more severe issues such as asthma attacks and other breathing difficulties. Ventilation, air filtration, cleaning and other proactive steps are needed to minimize the level of indoor allergens, improve indoor air quality and allow inhabitants to breathe easier.

Reducing Allergens Through Proper Ventilation

One of the most reliable strategies to reduce allergens is to enhance ventilation. Appropriate inflow of fresh, outdoor air considerably decreases the amount of allergens in your home. Here are some ventilation-increasing steps to try:

• Open windows and doors when the weather permits.

• Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when showering or cooking to clear away heat, humidity and fumes.

• Buy a whole-home ventilation system to evenly exchange stagnant indoor air with clean outdoor air across the entire house.

Air Filtration and Purification Systems

Air filters and purifiers are available in a number of different styles. Some are developed to clean the air in a single room, while others work with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire house. They also remove allergens using several different tactics:

Filtration systems—such as media filters, electrostatic filters and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters—capture airborne particles in tightly woven material, preventing them from swirling throughout the house.

Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, leaving them unable to replicate and reducing the circulation of germs throughout your home.

• Air purifiers that use activated carbon filters remove odors and chemicals from the air, resulting in a clean, fresh-smelling household.

• Electronic air cleaners possess negative ion generators that bind with positively charged airborne particles. The particles then cling to charged metal plates or grow too heavy to remain airborne. Those that drop onto household surfaces can be cleaned up by dusting and vacuuming.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your home clean is a crucial step in lowering indoor allergens. Here are some suggested steps:

• Vacuum your home at least every week using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter to remove dust mites and other allergens from carpets and upholstery.

• Choose hypoallergenic bedding, such as organic cotton, bamboo or silk, which is naturally allergen-resistant.

• Wash your bedding once a week in hot water to kill dust mites and do away with other lingering allergens.

• Utilize allergy-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to deter dust mites from accumulating.

• Clean countertops, floors, furniture and other hard surfaces regularly.

• Keep pets out of your bedroom to reduce dander buildup in the area where you sleep.

• Limit clutter and knickknacks, which collect dust and create hiding places for allergens.

Controlling Humidity Levels

Maintaining the ideal humidity level is vital for dealing with indoor allergens. High humidity supports mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity contributes to dry skin and inflamed airways. Shoot for an indoor relative humidity level between 30-50 percent. The easiest way to do this is to run a whole-house humidifier through the dry winter and a whole-house dehumidifier throughout the humid summer.

Indoor Plants and Allergies

Indoor plants can enhance IAQ by filtering out toxins and releasing oxygen. However, some plants produce irritating pollen, and giving them too much water may encourage mold growth, aggravating indoor allergies. When choosing potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly types like spider plants, snake plants and bamboo palms, which help increase indoor air quality and are less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions in North America

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is committed to creating a healthy and comfortable home environment for our customers. With our technical know-how in indoor air quality solutions and your satisfaction guaranteed, we are the perfect partner to fulfill all your IAQ needs. Contact a Service Experts office near you today to discover more about how our services can help you find indoor allergy relief.

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