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Spring Is Sprung, The Grass Is Riz . . .
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

. . . Aaaaaaaaaaaaaachoo! I wonder where the tissue is . . . ugh!  OK, so it’s not exactly the way the age-old poem goes but I’ll bet I’m not the only one right now that is reciting it that way.    The “Ohio Valley Rot”, as my grandpa called it, is in full swing here in the Tri-State bringing with it sneezing, coughing, itchy, watery eyes and all kinds of other misery.  The bad news is that it’s going to get worse before it gets better (yuck).  The good news is there are steps you can take in your home to improve indoor air quality and lessen the severity of your symptoms until the season passes (yay).

·       Keep it closed – while having the windows wide open to let the fresh spring breezes blow out the winter mustiness sounds wonderful, remember that all that fresh air is carrying in all the pollen that you are trying to avoid.  On high-pollen days, particularly when pollen counts are highest such as in the early morning, between 10 am and 3 pm, and when there are high winds keep your windows closed and crank up that air conditioner.

·       Keep it clean – while you can curtail allergens by keeping the house uncluttered and fabric surfaces down to a minimum (yes, that fuzzy rug is adorable – get rid of it), keep in mind that often the worst culprit is mold.  Regularly inspect water pipes for leaks and fix any that you find, scrub the shower and bath with a nontoxic cleaner and make sure that ventilation fans are routed to the outside and that you let them run them for 30 minutes after a shower or bath.  Mold thrives in moisture and dust and pollen are easily stirred in dry air so try to keep the humidity level in your home down to about 50 percent. Consider getting a digital thermostat with a humidity gauge and investing in some ultraviolet lamps to eliminate germs and bacteria.

·       Keep it aired out -- lastly, but certainly most important, take some steps to keep the air as clean as possible.  Change the filters in your furnace and air conditioner at least as often as the maker recommends and try to stick with HEPA filters. If possible, adjust the air filter so that it directs clean air toward your head when you sleep.

 

At Crane Heating and Air Conditioning we are ready to help you evaluate your HVAC system and find the best and most economical ways to make your home safe and comfortable place to be.  Contact us online at info@craneheatingandair.com or give us a call at 513-641-4700.  Let us help you breathe easier this spring.





 

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