If you suffer with seasonal allergies, summer can be a difficult time of year. Allergen levels outside spike during the warm months, and humid summer air can make otherwise minor symptoms into a major headache.
Unfortunately, staying inside may not deliver the relief you’d like. Low indoor air quality is believed to contribute directly to allergy symptoms, and it’s far easier than you think for outdoor allergens to find their way inside your home.
With that in mind, here are some indoor air quality tips you can use to fight back against allergies:
- Keep your ducts and registers clean. If your vents and ducts are dusty, you may experience an increase in the severity of your allergy symptoms, as dust will irritate your respiratory tract and make breathing that much more difficult and uncomfortable.
- Avoid introducing allergens from the outdoors. In the summer, this means keeping your windows closed during the day (which will help your air conditioner run more efficiently, too). Also, take your shoes off before entering the house. Otherwise, you may unwittingly track allergens inside with you.
- Use products that improve indoor air quality. HEPA air filters, electronic air cleaners and germicidal UV light systems all contribute to vastly improved indoor air quality and are highly recommended for homes with allergy sufferers.
- Vacuum and dust regularly. Be sure to vacuum before dusting, as the action of your vacuum cleaner can release dust into the air which would otherwise settle on your surfaces. Also, as a general tip, reducing the overall amount of carpeting in your home can go a long way toward helping you breathe easier, as carpet fibers trap allergens and irritants.
At All Year Heating, Air & Solar, we take indoor air quality very seriously. We want to help you provide yourself and your family with healthy air free of allergens, pollutants and other impurities, and we offer a wide range of products and services that can help you do just that. If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.