When you think of allergies this time of year you most likely think of common outdoor culprits such as pollen and ragweed, but poor indoor air quality can also wreak havoc on your allergies. Studies have shown that indoor air quality can be five times worse in terms of pollution than outdoors. Here are some tips to implement. Thankfully there are some pretty simple things you can do around your home to improve your household’s air quality and help your family remain as healthy as possible.
Change your air filter
A dirty or clogged air filter means your HVAC system has to work harder which can lead to dust mites and other small particles in the air. Regularly changing your air filter is a simple measure that can maintain the life of your unit, lower your electricity bill, and purify your air. Depending on the type of filter you have, it should ideally be changed every 2-4 months.
Get all your ducts in a row
Many of your home’s heating and cooling system components might not be visible or accessible to reach. Hiring someone to clean your air ducts could cut down on the potential for mold growth and other pollutants that could enter your home.
Vacuum on a regular basis
Vacuuming your home not only adds instant gratification in terms of a clean appearance but it can cut down on the amount of dust and pollutants. These pollutants are typically released when you walk around your home. When it comes to choosing a vacuum, try to select one that uses a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter which will further help trap dust.
Use a dehumidifier
It is no secret that humidity and moisture in the air can lead to mold growth and mildew. Using a dehumidifier can significantly reduce the extra moisture in your home and prevent mold and harmful contaminants in your air. Make sure if you purchase a dehumidifier you maintain a proper cleaning regiment.
Indoor allergies can cause different symptoms for everyone but here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- Itchy, stuffy nose
- Clear nasal discharge
- Tightness in the chest
- Scratchy, swollen throat
- Itchy, watery, swollen, bloodshot eyes
Jon Wayne Heating & Air is a customer-focused HVAC company with over 20-years experience under our belt. Located in Springfield, MO we employ highly trained professionals whose goal is to make our company the best service company in Springfield and all surrounding areas! We are specialists in indoor air quality and dedicated to helping you find a solution to the cleanest air possible. Visit Jon Wayne Heating & Air today or call us today 417-831-9500