If you suffer from spring allergies, you may be dreading the warmer weather, but indoor air quality tips can help. There are several things you can do to vastly improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms. Follow these indoor air quality tips to make your home a haven from your seasonal allergies:
- Keep your windows closed and use your air conditioner to help keep allergens at bay. The filter in your air conditioner traps particles that can cause allergy symptoms and keeps the humidity level in your home lower to help prevent mold growth. Schedule your spring air conditioning tune-up before cooling season commences to ensure optimum performance.
- Check your air filter every month and replace it when it’s dirty to ensure optimum air cleaning.
- Take off your shoes before you head indoors. Your shoes collect a number of allergens outside and distribute them throughout your home.
- Phoenix area allergy specialists suggest that allergy sufferers shower at day’s end to remove pollen and allergens and prevent them from spreading to your bedding.
- Wash your bedding weekly in hot water. The average bed contains about 2 million dust mites. The cast skins and dropping of these microscopic arachnids are highly allergenic.
- Keep mold at bay by cleaning up water damage right away. Use your bathroom vent when you shower and remove mold and mildew from your shower and tub as soon as you notice it.
- Have a UV light installed in your HVAC system to kill biological contaminants such as mold spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses.
- Control pests. Contact a pest control expert if you have a cockroach problem. Cockroach saliva and droppings can trigger severe allergy attacks.
- Vacuum at least once a week to control dust in your home. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will help remove even the smallest allergens from your carpets and upholstery.
- Keep clutter to a minimum. Knick-knacks and household clutter collect dust and make it more difficult to clean effectively.
- To significantly improve your indoor air quality, consider installing an air cleaner. Some of the more advanced models can filter out the smallest particles, including the tiniest flu germs of 0.2 and 0.1 microns.
For more indoor air quality tips, please feel free to contact the pros at Wolff Mechanical. We’ve been dedicated to the comfort of central Arizona residents since 1978.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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