How Your Home’s Air Quality Affects Your Allergies
COVID-19 has forced many people to stay home for longer periods than they might be used to. If you have allergies, though, you might find yourself still suffering from sneezing, watery eyes, or other symptoms that you’d think would have disappeared with your separation from the great outdoors. Even if you’ve invested in an air filtration system, your home’s air could be filled with all kinds of particles triggering your allergies.
Here are some of the air particles that could be lowering your home’s air quality and keeping you sneezing despite staying indoors.
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that feed on dead skin cells and other tiny debris that can be found around your home. They often find homes in places around your house like carpeting, drapes, and bedding, and lower your home’s overall air quality.
Although it’s challenging to eliminate dust mites altogether, it is possible to reduce their number through vacuuming regularly and placing covers on your bedding and pillows to help reduce the amount of contact you have with the allergens.
Mold spores are practically ubiquitous in the microscopic world and can present a real problem when it comes to indoor air quality for people with allergies. Filtering out mold spores requires first understanding where the spores are coming from.
While mold is often dragged into the home by dirt on shoes or pets, mold can also grow. If your roof or plumbing is leaking or your HVAC system is overdue for a cleaning and filter replacement, then mold could be growing on your walls, ceiling, or ventilation system. If that’s the case, then it’s essential to correct the issue before taking steps to filter the air with HEPA certified filtration systems. Doing otherwise can lead to a recurrence of the problem.
If you own a pet, then it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that pet dander might be aggravating your allergies. However, pet dander tends to be light enough to stay in the air for long periods, making it one of the more straightforward issues to correct. Eliminating thick carpeting where dander can linger, opting for hardwood floors, keeping pets outside of the bedroom, and installing a HEPA certified filter can all help to reduce the impact pet dander has on your allergies.
To find out more about what lowers your home’s indoor air quality or get a quote for air duct cleaning services in Bucks County, PA, call the Hutchinson team today!