Indoor Allergy Relief

Indoor allergies are a continual condition for millions of people. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a crucial part of reducing symptoms of your allergies and being able to reside in a healthy, comfortable living environment. Here, you’ll find useful insight 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 into your home. 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 like asthma attacks and other breathing issues. Ventilation, air filtration, cleaning and other proactive actions are needed to reduce the amount of indoor allergens, improve indoor air quality and allow inhabitants to breathe easier.

Reducing Allergens Through Proper Ventilation

One of the most reliable techniques to reduce allergens is to enhance ventilation. Appropriate inflow of fresh, outdoor air significantly decreases the number of allergens in your home. Here are some ventilation-increasing tricks to try:

  • Open windows and doors when the weather makes it possible.
  • Run 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 stale indoor air with clean outdoor air across the entire house.

Air Filtration and Purification Systems

Air filters and purifiers are made in many different styles. Some are developed to clean the air in one room, while others operate in conjunction with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire home. They also remove allergens using a variety of tactics:

  • Filtration systems—like media filters, electrostatic filters and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters—capture airborne particles in tightly woven material, stopping them from swirling throughout the house.
  • Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, rendering them unable to reproduce and reducing the spread of germs throughout your home.
  • Air purifiers with activated carbon filters eliminate odors and chemicals from the air, resulting in a clean, fresh-smelling interior.
  • Electronic air cleaners have negative ion generators that adhere to positively charged airborne particles. The particles then cling to charged metal plates or become too heavy to remain airborne. Those that fall onto household surfaces can be cleaned up by dusting and vacuuming.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your home clean is a huge step in lowering home allergens. Here are some good steps:

  • Vacuum your home at least once a week using a vacuum cleaner 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 kill dust mites and clean out other lingering allergens.
  • Use allergy-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to stop 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 offer hiding places for allergens.

Controlling Humidity Levels

Maintaining the recommended humidity level is fundamental for dealing with indoor allergens. High humidity supports mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity leads to dry skin and inflamed airways. Aim to maintain an indoor relative humidity level from 30-50 percent. The simplest 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 discharging oxygen. However, some plants produce irritating pollen, and giving them too much water may encourage mold growth, aggravating indoor allergies. When shopping for potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly species like spider plants, snake plants and bamboo palms, which help raise indoor air quality and are not as likely to cause allergic reactions.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions in North America

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to helping our customers enjoy a healthy and comfortable home environment. With our wealth of experience 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 find out more about how our services can help you find indoor allergy relief.

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