If you’re prone to indoor allergies, don’t ignore your symptoms. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify indoor allergy triggers and minimize their presence in your Cleveland home. Here are some common indoor allergy triggers lingering around your living space:
Dust mites: These tiny bugs are the most common indoor asthma and allergy triggers. Their main meal is your flaked-off skin, and they like the same sort of climate and humidity conditions humans do. Dust mites tend to inhabit bedding and soft furniture, though they aren’t especially picky.
Your best course of action for minimizing dust mites is to place allergen-proof casings over mattresses, box springs and pillows, and to wash linens in very hot water (130 degrees or above) at least once a week.
Pets: Your pet dogs and/or cats (or more precisely the dander they shed) are also major indoor allergy triggers for susceptible individuals. You can minimize your allergy symptoms, if they aren’t too severe, by keeping pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture. Also, you should groom your pets regularly outside, washing any clothing that may come into contact with pet hair.
Mold: This is yet another common indoor allergy trigger. Mold spores like to colonize damp, dark areas, including basements and bathrooms, and can even grow right on your A/C’s evaporator coil or condensate pan. Once mold gains a foothold near HVAC components, spores can be distributed throughout your home via your furnace or A/C blower.
The basic strategy for mold prevention is to dry damp areas, and use exhaust fans and/or dehumidifiers in rooms that are especially humid. You can also consider installing UV light system to keep mold away from your A/C coil and out of your ducts.
These are just a few allergy triggers you may have in your Cleveland home. For a comprehensive strategy that can control these indoor allergy triggers, consider installing an air purification system to treat problem areas. To discuss your options, please contact Stack Heating & Cooling.
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