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Is Your Indoor Air Quality Affecting Your Allergies?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 13, 2015 12:49:24 PM

Spring 2015 starts on Friday, 20th March 2015, 6:46pm, but for many in Central Ohio  they know spring is near by the onset of their allergies.  

The three most common allergens this time of year are:allergies

Pollen 

Exposure to pollen can trigger hay fever or seasonal allergies. Some of the symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes.  

Most doctors agree that the best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergens. You can help prevent pollen allergy symptoms by staying indoors on windy days or when pollen counts are high.  Try closing windows, using air conditioning, and installing a whole house air cleaning system.

Dust Mites

These disagreeable allergens are microscopic organisms that live in house dust.  Regardless of how much you dust and vacuum, your home will still have dust mites.  The symptoms of a dust mite allergy are similar to pollen allergies but can occur year round rather than just seasonally.  

You can fight back against dust mites by putting dust mite covers over mattresses, pillows, and box springs. You should be using hypoallergenic pillows and washing your sheets weekly in hot water.  The biggest dust collecting items in your home are stuffed animals, curtains, and carpet.  Rather than try to remove all of these a home air cleaner would help alleviate some of the allergens.  Keep in mind another important factor is humidity. The humidity should be kept below 45% to combat dust mites.  

Mold 

Molds can flourish almost anywhere, on almost any surface. Like pollen, they float in the air and can be a common cause of allergies. Damp areas such as basements or bathrooms are ideal breeding grounds.

The usual symptoms of mold allergies can pop up in summer or fall but year round should you have it in your home.  Just like  pollen and dust mite allergies a mold allergy can cause sneezing, congestion, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and coughing. Avoiding it  and removal of factors which contribute to the growth of mold is essential for people suffering from these allergies. 

Make sure moist places in the home, such as the basement and bathrooms, are well ventilated. Look for areas of water damage or leaks and repair those spots. Use a mold remover to any kill visible growth. While this allergen can occasionally be hard to find, often you will be able to see it. If you can see it, you can get rid of it.  A mold removing spray cleaner will easily eliminate it.

Follow up with a mold preventer to assure mold does not grow back. Anywhere that it once grew is probably a place that is conducive to grow again. 
Sometimes it is impossible to find and eliminate all of the mold in your house. If you have removed all visible signs and your allergies are still a problem, a whole house air purifier can be an effective solution. 

You should also Install a quality disposable filter in your central air system. A good disposable filter is an effective back-up to an air purifier. It is also the best line of defense against the spores which enter the home from the outside. Airborne  spores will eventually circulate through the central air system and can be captured using a highly efficient disposable filter.  All central heating and air systems require a disposable filter, so choose one that removes spores and other allergens.

Ohio Heating & Cooling can help you identify any gaps in your current heating and cooling system. We can help you make the most of your current system or recommend additional products to remedy any problems found with your home's indoor air quality.  Call us today or request a Free Quote on upgrading your home's indoor air quality.  We're experts in indoor air quality for your home!

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaner, Air Filters, whole house air filters

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