Spring is here, which means allergies are in full effect right now. Perhaps you've already experienced your fair share of congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose. While most allergy problems can be easily managed with over-the-counter medication, wouldn't it be great if you could reduce or eliminate the allergens that cause such health problems from the air in your home? Today we'll discuss 4 ways you can reduce allergens in your home this Spring with Choice HVAC in Cary, NC.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. And while so many of us suffer from seasonal allergies, if you’re allergic to animal dander, dust mites, mold, or a combination of the three, there are a few key ways you can avoid suffering.
Keep Doors and Windows Shut
The number one way to reduce or eliminate allergens in your home during peak allergy seasons is to keep your windows and doors shut as much as possible. As nice as that springtime breeze feels, we find that mold and pollen spores travel too easily through screened doors and open windows. Therefore, if you're susceptible to seasonal allergens, keep your windows and doors closed.
Try to Maintain a Humidity Level of 50% or Lower
Unfortunately, the humidity in Cary, NC is a breeding ground for mold growth and extremely difficult to control. However, there are ways to keep high humidity levels down within our homes. For example, are your bathrooms properly ventilated? What about your basement? If water gets trapped in your basement or crawlspace, you could be unknowingly be living with mold. If you find that keeping the humidity down in your home is a real problem, consider placing dehumidifiers throughout your home. Alternatively, whole-house air filtration systems do a wonderful job of maintaining proper humidity levels throughout your home.
Regularly Replace Air Filters
A relatively inexpensive way to reduce or eliminate allergens from your home is to regularly replace your air filters on your HVAC System. We recommend that you change your air filters every 1-3 months as a general rule of thumb, but if you're particularly susceptible to allergies this time of year, you may want to change them out more often. Doing so will trap allergens and keep them from affecting those individuals most at risk. Regularly replacing your air filters will improve your HVAC equipment's effectiveness and prevent unnecessary repairs.
Keep Dust Mites Away!
Finally, if you want to reduce or eliminate allergens in your home (particularly dust mites), consider purchasing allergen-impermeable covers for your mattresses and pillows. Dust mites are everywhere - they live in your carpets, your furniture, and your bedding. Simply having these allergen-impermeable covers helps, but also be sure to clean and rotate everything on a frequent basis to prevent dust build-up.
Is your HVAC system operating as efficiently as it should be? Or do you find that your allergies are worse this season than usual? Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a maintenance check. Let us inspect and evaluate it today.