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Indoor Allergy Relief

Indoor allergies are a typical condition for millions of people. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critical part of controlling your allergies and being able to reside in a healthy, comfortable living environment. Here, you’ll find useful 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 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 actions are needed to decrease 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 methods to reduce allergens is to increase ventilation. Adequate inflow of fresh, outdoor air significantly decreases the quantity of allergens in your home. Here are some ventilation-increasing tricks to try:

  • Open windows and doors when the weather makes it possible.
  • Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when showering or cooking to clear away heat, humidity and fumes.
  • Purchase a whole-home ventilation system to evenly exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air through the entire house.

Air Filtration and Purification Systems

Air filters and purifiers are available in numerous different styles. Some are created to clean the air in one room, while others operate in conjunction with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire house. They also eliminate allergens using a variety of methods:

  • Filtration systems—like media filters, electrostatic filters and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters—capture airborne particles in tightly woven material, stopping them from moving through the house.
  • Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, leaving them unable to replicate and reducing the spread 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 have negative ion generators that bond with positively charged airborne particles. The particles then cling to charged metal plates or become too heavy to stay airborne. Those that fall onto the floor can be eliminated by dusting and vacuuming.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your home clean is an essential step in lowering home allergens. Here are some suggested tips:

  • Vacuum your home at least every week using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to remove dust mites and other irritants from carpets and upholstery.
  • Choose hypoallergenic bedding, such as organic cotton, bamboo or silk, which is naturally allergen-resistant.
  • Wash your bedding weekly in hot water to eliminate dust mites and remove other lingering allergens.
  • Utilize allergy-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to deter dust mites from accumulating.
  • Clean countertops, floors, furniture and other surfaces on a regular basis.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom to decrease dander buildup in the place where you sleep.
  • Limit clutter and knickknacks, which collect dust and offer hiding places for allergens.

Controlling Humidity Levels

Maintaining the ideal humidity level is imperative for managing indoor allergens. High humidity fosters mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity contributes to dry skin and irritated airways. Shoot for an indoor relative humidity level from 30-50 percent. The quickest 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 stimulate mold growth, aggravating indoor allergies. When selecting potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly types like spider plants, snake plants and bamboo palms, which help improve indoor air quality and are unlikely to cause allergic reactions.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions in North America

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is devoted to assisting our customers in creating a healthy and comfortable household. With our technical know-how 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 learn more about how our services can help you achieve indoor allergy relief.

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