Indoor Allergy Relief

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

Understanding Indoor Allergies

Inside 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 induce symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and more severe issues such as asthma attacks and other breathing problems. Ventilation, air filtration, cleaning and other proactive steps are necessary to decrease the amount of indoor allergens, improve indoor air quality and allow inhabitants to breathe easier.

Reducing Allergens Through Proper Ventilation

One of the best techniques to reduce allergens is to increase ventilation. Appropriate inflow of fresh, outdoor air dramatically decreases the amount of allergens in your home. Here are some ventilation-increasing steps to try:

  • Open windows and doors when the weather allows.
  • Turn on exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when showering or cooking to release heat, humidity and fumes.
  • Buy a whole-home ventilation system to evenly exchange stuffy indoor air with clean outdoor air throughout the entire house.

Air Filtration and Purification Systems

Air filters and purifiers are made in many different styles. Some are designed to clean the air in an individual room, while others work with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire home. They also clear away allergens using a variety of methods:

  • 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 moving through the house.
  • Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, making them unable to duplicate and reducing the circulation of germs throughout your home.
  • Air purifiers with activated carbon filters get rid of odors and chemicals from the air, contributing to a clean, fresh-smelling household.
  • Electronic air cleaners contain negative ion generators that adhere to positively charged airborne particles. The particles then cling to charged metal plates or are too heavy to continue to be airborne. Those that drop onto household surfaces can be eliminated by dusting and vacuuming.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your home clean is a crucial step in lowering home allergens. Here are some recommended tips:

  • Vacuum your home at least once per week utilizing a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to remove dust mites and other contaminants from carpets and upholstery.
  • Choose hypoallergenic bedding, such as organic cotton, bamboo or silk, which is naturally allergen-resistant.
  • Wash your bedding every seven days in hot water to eliminate dust mites and clean out other lingering allergens.
  • Utilize 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 minimize dander buildup in the area where you sleep.
  • Control clutter and knickknacks, which collect dust and create hiding places for allergens.

Controlling Humidity Levels

Maintaining the recommended humidity level is imperative for controlling indoor allergens. High humidity supports mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity leads to dry skin and irritated airways. The goal should be to achieve an indoor relative humidity level between 30-50 percent. The quickest way to do this is to use 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 delivering oxygen. However, some plants produce irritating pollen, and overwatering them may foster mold growth, contributing to indoor allergies. When selecting potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly species like spider plants, snake plants and bamboo palms, which help raise indoor air quality and are less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions in North America

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated 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 perfect partner to fulfill all your IAQ needs. Contact a Service Experts office near you today to learn more about how our services can help you attain indoor allergy relief.

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