If you have seasonal allergies, you should at least be able to enjoy your own home without sneezing. Unfortunately, allergens can accumulate in your home, too. Here are the areas in your house most likely to contain allergy-triggering substances and how to get rid of them so you can breathe freely in your home.
Humidity, Mold and Mildew
If your house is airtight, you're better able to control the temperature throughout the year. But an airtight house also holds in the moisture which allows mold and mildew to grow. The humidity levels in the walls, basement, bathroom and laundry room can rise if your house is not allowed to air out. When mold grows in these areas, it releases spores which you breathe in and cause an allergic reaction.
Always run the exhaust fan when using the tub or shower in the bathroom. Keep the basement dry with a sump pump or dehumidifier. Install an exhaust fan in the laundry room and have it on when the washer and dryer are running. Make sure there are no leaks in the dryer vent that might put moisture back into the air. If you have frequent, recurring problems with mold and mildew, consider a whole-house humidifier to keep the moisture in the air under control.
Pollen, Dust and Pet Hair in the Heating and AC Ducts
During the weeks or months when you don't run the furnace or AC, allergens will settle into the ductwork throughout the house. If you turn the system on and you begin to sneeze, that's a good sign that your ducts need a good cleaning. Have a heating and air conditioning service clean out the ductwork before you turn on the AC in the spring. They will vacuum and brush out the air intake, blower motor, and all ductwork. They should change the filter, too.
If you have persistent allergies to substances in the air, change the air filter in your HVAC system frequently. If you use a HEPA filter to remove small particles and pet dander from the air, change that filter more often. As it becomes dirty, your system must work harder to push air through the filter, putting additional stress on the blower motor. Contact a local HVAC contractor, such as Allzone Air Conditioning & Heating Corp, for further assistance.
Allergens in the Carpet
Your carpeting also collects dust, pollen, and pet hair that is kicked up into the air when you walk across it. Remove your shoes when entering your house so as not to track in allergens. Or buy a dirt-collecting door mat and thoroughly brush off your shoes before entering. Vacuum carpets frequently and shampoo them a couple of times each season. If you have severe allergies, consider pulling up the carpets and keep the hardwood floors to minimize the allergens in your home.Share
15 June 2015
So many of us make the mistake of assuming the air conditioning system is up and ready to go without having to do anything after a long winter. Unfortunately, oftentimes, this isn't the case. You know how I know that air conditioning systems need pre-summer maintenance? Well, I know because I broke my air conditioning unit trying to use it without even looking at it before starring it up for the first time. It was that moment that I learned a very valuable lesson the hard way. My blog will walk you through getting your air conditioner ready for summer without the expensive lesson that I had to learn.