Spring is officially here, and for those of us with a sensitivity to pollen and other allergens, the joy of the season can be somewhat muted, to say the least. Sure, the flowers are beautiful and the warmer weather is wonderful, but who wants to deal with allergy attacks or respiratory infections?
It’s impressive to witness the daily accumulation of pollen on our cars, sidewalks and streets, and most of us realize that it is necessary to agricultural production; however it is worth pointing out that all that pollen does not stay outside.
Every time someone opens a door or a window, walks inside with shoes on or lets a pet come indoors, pollen becomes an uninvited guest. And pollen is not even one of the worst of the indoor allergens.
Mold, dust mites and pet dander can also have a negative impact on indoor air quality. It may also not be a surprise to learn that cockroaches can cause allergic reactions in people. There are a variety of other culprits that can produce indoor allergens, such as:
- Soft furniture and bedding
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Indoor plants
- Stuffed toys
- Mattresses that aren’t in allergy covers
So how can these contaminants, which can absolutely cause and/or exacerbate a variety of health issues, be controlled?
- Purchase a high-quality air filter. Using a filter that has been certified as asthma and allergy friendly can result in an almost 98 percent reduction of allergen particles.
- Reduce humidity. Maintaining a relatively low level of humidity can drastically inhibit the proliferation of dust mites and mold. A few strategies for decreasing humidity would be to purchase a dehumidifier, run the air conditioner on recirculate, and keep the doors and windows closed.
- Avoid thick carpeting; keep surfaces clean and uncluttered. Basically, any step that makes it easier to dust and/or run the vacuum is a good idea. It is important to not just brush the dust away with a feather duster or cloth, however. Instead, use a damp microfiber cloth to trap the dust. Vacuuming once or twice a week is also a good idea, but it is important to use one that has been certified as asthma and allergy friendly.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom. For those with an allergy to animal dander, it’s not advisable to have a pet with feathers or fur. If you already have a pet, keeping them out of the bedroom, washing and disinfecting their favorite toys and furniture can be effective strategies for reducing the amount of dander in the air.
There are many other strategies that can be implemented to help reduce the amount of indoor air contaminants inside a home. For a consultation about how to reduce humidity, adequately seal your home and protect the air from contaminants, please call one of our offices or email email@example.com.
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