Indoor Allergy Relief

Indoor allergies are a continual condition 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 insight 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 into your home. These particles 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 problems. Ventilation, air filtration, cleaning and other proactive measures are essential to minimize the concentration 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 techniques to try:

  • Open windows and doors when the weather allows.
  • Use 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 come in many different styles. Some are developed to clean the air in a single room, while others integrate with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire house. They also remove allergens using numerous tactics:

  • Filtration systems—like media filters, electrostatic filters and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters—capture airborne particles in tightly woven material, blocking them from circulating throughout the house.
  • Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, leaving them unable to duplicate and reducing the distribution of germs throughout your home.
  • Air purifiers with activated carbon filters get rid of odors and chemicals from the air, resulting in a clean, fresh-smelling house.
  • Electronic air cleaners contain 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 descend onto household surfaces can be cleaned up by dusting and vacuuming.

Regular Cleaning

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

  • Vacuum your home at least once a week utilizing a vacuum cleaner that has 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 once a week in hot water to destroy dust mites and do away with other lingering allergens.
  • Choose allergy-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to stop dust mites from accumulating.
  • Clean countertops, floors, furniture and other hard surfaces frequently.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom to decrease dander buildup in the place where you sleep.
  • Control clutter and knickknacks, which collect dust and create hiding places for allergens.

Controlling Humidity Levels

Maintaining the appropriate humidity level is fundamental for controlling indoor allergens. High humidity fosters mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity results in dry skin and inflamed airways. Shoot for an indoor relative humidity level ranging from 30-50 percent. The simplest 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 watering them too often may foster mold growth, aggravating indoor allergies. When selecting potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly varieties like spider plants, snake plants and bamboo palms, which help improve 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 devoted to helping our customers enjoy a healthy and comfortable home environment. With our expertise in indoor air quality solutions and your satisfaction guaranteed, we are a great 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 achieve indoor allergy relief.

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