Roughly 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies that worsen when grasses and trees release pollen. For others, the discomfort persists all year. When irritants are inside your home, it’s impossible to limit your exposure. You need different solutions. Here are a few tips for managing allergens and improving your indoor air quality.
Controlling Indoor Humidity
As you know, Clearwater, Florida, has many beautiful sunny days, but we also have high humidity. Excessive moisture is vital for dust mites and mold, which are the nemeses of allergy sufferers. Reducing indoor humidity is key.
- Use exhaust fans to remove steam and humidity. Turn them off once the air is clear so that you don’t waste energy.
- Make sure that your HVAC system is functioning properly and keeping the relative humidity below 50 percent.
- Check the condensate drain. Water should trickle out of the pipe outside your home or near the packaged unit when the air conditioner is running.
- Have your technician clean the HVAC unit if the water isn’t draining. Air movement mobilizes mold, bacteria and particles that cause allergic reactions.
Removing Airborne Particles
Airborne irritants come from indoor and outdoor sources. If you’re sensitive to environmental allergens, your home can be a source of misery.
- Vacuum under furniture, along baseboards and in places where irritants accumulate. If necessary, wear an N95 respirator mask while you’re working.
- Allergens remain airborne for two hours after cleaning. It’s helpful if allergy suffers can stay out of the room during this time.
- If particles stream out of the vents while your HVAC system is running, Advanced Cooling Systems can clean the ducts while you’re away from home.
- Install an air cleaner that will filter the air in your home several times per hour. Whole-house air purifiers work with your HVAC equipment to remove the smallest allergens.
For more information about indoor air quality solutions, give us a call at (866) 827-7662. Our professionals will recommend options for removing allergens and reducing your discomfort all year.