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Quick Tips to Reduce Allergies In Your Home
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Install a Whole-House Dehumidifier

If you are suffering from an allergy, humidity might aggravate your symptoms. The added moisture in the air can lead to the growth of mold, fungi and other pollutants and contaminants.

Whole house dehumidifiers can help lower the humidity levels and maintain them at a reasonable level by removing the extra moisture. This will prevent the mold growth.

Before you go to buy a dehumidifier for your house, consult your HVAC contractor to seek advice on what model suites your needs the best.

Change Your Air Filter

To make sure the air inside your house is fresh and you breathe in a healthy environment, change the air filters in your heating and cooling systems, frequently. It makes the air you breathe in, more pure and more comfortable and also ensures the efficient performance of the AC unit.

The filters get dirty with continuous usage as they continuously clean the air that passes through them. If you pull out the air filter and notice it is dark, it is dirty as newer air filters would be white.

Dirty and clogged air filters not only lower the quality of the indoor air quality but also reduce the efficiency of the air conditioners. If you experience symptoms such as itching and redness of the skin, it means your indoor air quality is poor. Why would you be miserable inside your house when you can improve your indoor air quality just by changing your air filters?

Get a periodic air conditioner maintenance from a professional who will better tell you if your air filters need replacement or if they can work for more with just cleaning.

Open Windows Strategically

While you might be tempted to open the windows and doors to let the fresh air inside the house, this can also cause problems in terms of letting in allergens and other pollutants. Especially for those who suffer from allergies, this air can prove to have negative results more than it causes benefits.

If you want to open the windows to ventilate the rooms with fresh air, do it when it is not windy as they pollen counts would be low at that time. Other days, you can set your air conditioners to re circulate which would circulate the air throughout the house.

Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Over the time with excessive usage, the duct work that runs throughout the house is prone to develop dirt and debris on the inside. This would mean impure air flowing out of your AC vents as this can also lead to mold growth inside the duct work.

Right before peak summers is the right time to clean the ducts, as the air in your house will keep circulating around the house when you run the AC for extensive use when the temperatures rise.

It is important that you hire a professional to get your AC ductwork inspected on a regular basis to ensure that the ducts are sealed and there’s no additional moisture and hence the mold.



 

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