Indoor Allergy Relief

Indoor allergies are a common problem for millions of people. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a very important part of controlling your allergies and ensuring a healthy, comfortable living environment. Here, you’ll find useful strategies on how to improve IAQ for indoor allergy relief.

Understanding Indoor Allergies

Indoor 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 the house. These allergens cause allergic reactions. When allergens are present in the air, they can lead to symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and more severe issues like asthma attacks and other breathing problems. Ventilation, air filtration, cleaning and other proactive steps are necessary to minimize the amount of indoor allergens, improve indoor air quality and allow inhabitants to breathe easier.

Reducing Allergens Through Proper Ventilation

One of the most effective techniques to reduce allergens is to improve ventilation. Proper inflow of fresh, outdoor air substantially decreases the number of allergens in your home. Here are some ventilation-increasing techniques to try:

  • Open windows and doors when the weather allows.
  • Run exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when showering or cooking to remove heat, humidity and fumes.
  • Buy a whole-home ventilation system to evenly exchange stagnant indoor air with fresh outdoor air across the entire house.

Air Filtration and Purification Systems

Air filters and purifiers are made in numerous different styles. Some are created to clean the air in one room, while others integrate with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire home. They also eliminate 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, blocking them from swirling around the house.
  • Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, making them unable to duplicate and reducing the distribution of germs throughout your home.
  • Air purifiers that use activated carbon filters eliminate odors and chemicals from the air, helping produce a clean, fresh-smelling interior.
  • Electronic air cleaners contain negative ion generators that bond with positively charged airborne particles. The particles then cling to charged metal plates or are too heavy to stay airborne. Those that fall onto household surfaces can be removed by dusting and vacuuming.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your home clean is a crucial step in decreasing household allergens. Here are some good tips:

  • Vacuum your home at least once per week utilizing 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 clean out other lingering allergens.
  • Choose allergy-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to stop dust mites from accumulating.
  • Clean countertops, floors, furniture and other surfaces regularly.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom to reduce dander buildup in the room where you sleep.
  • Reduce clutter and knickknacks, which collect dust and create hiding places for allergens.

Controlling Humidity Levels

Maintaining the appropriate humidity level is vital for controlling indoor allergens. High humidity encourages mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity contributes to dry skin and unhealthy airways. Aim to maintain an indoor relative humidity level from 30-50 percent. The easiest way to do this is to operate a whole-house humidifier during the dry winter and a whole-house dehumidifier throughout the humid summer.

Indoor Plants and Allergies

Indoor plants can increase IAQ by filtering out toxins and releasing oxygen. However, some plants produce irritating pollen, and watering them too often may stimulate mold growth, aggravating indoor allergies. When selecting potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly species 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 devoted to creating a healthy and comfortable home environment for our customers. With our expertise in indoor air quality solutions and your satisfaction guaranteed, we are the ideal partner to fulfill all your IAQ requirements. Contact a Service Experts office near you today to discover more about how our services can help you attain indoor allergy relief.

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