According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 40 million Americans suffer from allergies, triggered by pollen, dust, and other allergens. In Northeast Ohio specifically, birch, poplar, and oak trees are common triggers. While you may seek refuge by staying in your Cleveland area home, however, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that many common allergy triggers – including dust, mold, and pests — can be found indoors. Luckily, you don’t have to resign yourself to itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose. There are three things you can do to help tackle some of the more common indoor allergy triggers:
- Purify your air with an air purifier. An air purifier with a HEPA filter can help clear the air of many common allergens, including any pollen you track in from the outdoors. While it will not replace thorough cleaning, it can help tackle some of the air quality issues and indoor allergy triggers that can leave you miserable.
- Get your HVAC system checked and working efficiently. Getting your ducts cleaned regularly and replacing your air filters once a month can help prevent indoor allergy triggers such as dust from being distributed over your home. Combined with thorough cleaning and vacuuming, a well-maintained HVAC system can help you if your allergies are triggered by pet hair, dust mites, and other common allergens.
- Ventilate your home correctly. A very common allergy trigger is mold, and often mold inside the home is caused by condensation issues or poor ventilation. If you see condensation around your air conditioner or around your windows, you may wish to get your cooling system checked. You may also want to consult with a professional to see whether exhaust fans or other ventilation methods could help tackle excessive moisture in the home. Dehumidifiers can also help control mold and mildew.
Do you want more information about ways to breathe easier inside your home? Contact us at Stack Heating & Cooling. We have been helping families in Cleveland and surrounding areas since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about allergy triggers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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