If you suffer from allergies or asthma — what you can't see, can hurt you. Even in the fall and winter months, allergy and asthma triggers can cause considerable discomfort. The presence of tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen, lint, pet dander, dust, mold spores, and smoke in your living space can create an unhealthy environment for allergy and asthma sufferers. Worse yet, common allergens in homes are small enough to penetrate the lungs, bypassing nasal and throat filtration. Fortunately, individuals can take steps to limit asthma and allergy triggers in their homes. Just follow these simple tips from our local HVAC company, LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating!
Regularly Replace Air Filters
Regularly replacing your HVAC system's air filter can help reduce asthma and allergy triggers circulating throughout your home. Homeowners should replace their old air filters every 90 days. If you live in a home with pets, you may benefit from changing your air filters more often. Additionally, if you have severe allergies or asthma, you may want to consider upgrading your air filter to a higher MERV rating. In this case, we recommend a HEPA filter, which traps approximately 99% of microscopic particles in the air.
Control Dust Mites
While it is simply impossible to eliminate dust completely, addressing its sources can keep asthma triggers at bay. Although you can't stop your skin from shedding, you can limit the dead skin cells available to dust mites, mitigating their population. Wash your bedsheets in hot water once a week and dust frequently with a wet cloth, which helps trap dust particles rather than move them around. Another good option is to utilize a zippered mattress cover. Additionally, regularly vacuum carpeted areas of your home.
Limit Exposure To Irritants
In addition to dust, other triggers that cause allergy and asthma attacks. Smoke from cooking and cigarettes is a major trigger. To limit exposure, use the exhaust fan over your cooking range if you're cooking something that can produce smoke, such as foods with high-fat contents. Also, keep windows shut and properly insulate window and door frames to prevent pollen and other allergy triggers from entering your home.
Install In-Duct Air Purifiers
In-duct air purifying systems are excellent ways to improve residential indoor air quality. In-duct air purifying systems effectively neutralize allergens, irritants, dust, odors, and other particles that can make individuals sick or trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Want to limit the amount of asthma and allergen triggers in your home with an in-duct air purifying system? Contact LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating to request in-duct air purifying system installations!
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Scheduling professional HVAC maintenance is the best way to prevent sudden or extreme temperature changes indoors. Regular tune-ups not only helps prevent costly repairs and improve HVAC efficiency by ensuring your system functions properly, they can also improve residential air quality levels and promote cleaner indoor air. Additionally, regular maintenance can also reduce indoor humidity levels and prevent mold and mildew growth. Contact our HVAC repair company today to schedule regular HVAC maintenance!