5 Ways to Fight Against Allergies
If allergies leave you sneezing, coughing, congested and longing for relief, you’re not alone. An estimated 50 million Americans are affected by allergens in and outside the home. While there’s no cure for this widespread ailment, there are ways to combat allergens indoors. Here are five of the most effective allergy-fighting strategies.
1. Bust the Dust Mites
Tiny relations of the spider, dust mites feed on skin shed from people and pets. The organic materials they produce are common allergens. Vigorous housecleaning is the best way to reduce their numbers. A vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter is a must. These high-efficiency filters can capture allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
2. Don’t Take Allergens to Bed
Allergies should never keep you from getting a good night’s rest. Keep them out of your bedroom by stashing outdoor clothing elsewhere. Showering at night helps send allergens like pollen and animal dander down the drain. Most importantly, keep bedding allergen-free by washing sheets in hot water every week.
3. Change the Air Filter
As long as they’re clean, HVAC air filters do a fine job at trapping larger allergens like mold spores and pollen. Clogged filters, on the other hand, force airborne allergens to flow directly into your home. Check the filter every month and replace it at the first sign of dirt.
4. Maintain HVAC Equipment
Regular maintenance for forced-air HVAC systems helps prevent airborne allergens from circulating throughout your home. The cleanings and calibrations included in preventive maintenance programs make them a must-have service for allergy sufferers.
5. Control Humidity
Damp indoor environments provide an ideal breeding ground for biological allergens like mold and bacteria. Fortunately, there are indoor air quality products designed to resolve the problem. A whole-home dehumidifier is a great solution for subtropical climates like Northeast Florida.
The pros at Mike Merritt Heating & Air offer a full arsenal of allergy-fighting products and services. To learn more, take a look at our indoor air quality solutions or call us at 904-240-4038.