3 steps to reduce home allergies
Allergy season is here and for some it’s all year long, especially in the spring which is one of my favorite seasons.
Our home Heating and Air system works year-round. In the winter to heat the house and in the summer to cool it off. That requires our indoor system (furnace or Air Handler blower) to work quite often and circulate the air in the house. For some people that can come with a high price— an increase in allergy symptoms. Research shows that the number of allergens in a closed space is doubled in size compared to outdoors.
The reason for that is in most homes, there is a restriction of airflow from outside, and the contaminants in the air are continually recirculated through the house, and many times those contain allergens. The better insulated the house, the worse the effects can be. For those who are sensitive it can cause symptoms like irritation of the eyes, swelling, rash, itching, and shortness of breath. The temperature difference between the house (warm) and your cooling system (cold air) create the perfect environment for mold development as well that can affect allergy sufferers.
Luckily there are few measures you can take to decrease the number of allergens in the house
- Proper ventilation – open your windows for 15-45 minutes every day to circulate the air in the house
- Filtration- Do not buy cheap filters. having an expensive filter might sound like a waste of your money but can be the best thing you can do for your system. there is a big verity of filters you can select from. A good filter can stop allergens, pet dander and particles up to the sub-micron (very small particles in the air) a good filter will also prolong the life of your HVAC system and will prevent air restrictions. If you would like to know more about the types of filters and sizes read our blog post here or call us.
- Air Scrubber plus– Probably your best solution against allergens. This Nasa Technology uses Ozone in the air to imitate the outdoor environment to eliminate allergens bacteria and viruses not just in the air but also on the surfaces and already helped thousands of my customers.