Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it can be difficult to enjoy for allergy sufferers who are affected by the change of the seasons. While there’s little you can do to eliminate outdoor triggers of allergies, there are several things you can do around the house to avoid six of the main indoor allergy triggers.
- Mold: This source of allergies flourishes in moist, warm environments, such as basements and bathrooms. Clean the hard surfaces in these spaces regularly with a bleach-water solution to avoid mold growth. You might also consider a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels.
- Dust mites: Bedding often contains high concentration of dust mites, which can cause breathing problems and congestion in susceptible people. Purchase allergen-reducing linens and wash them in hot water often to get rid of dust mites.
- Pet dander: There are certain pet breeds you can choose if you suffer from pet allergies, but none of our furry friends is entirely allergen-free. Brush them often, clean them with allergy-reducing shampoo, and invest in an air purifier to filter some of the dander out of the air in your home.
- Pollen: Though it’s more of a problem outdoors, pollen can enter your home on clothes and pets. Reduce pollen levels by changing your clothes right away after spending time outside. You can also wipe down your pets with a damp cloth.
- Cigarettes: Second-hand smoke can irritate both allergy sufferers and non-sufferers alike. Keep your symptoms at bay by avoiding smoking in your home and not allowing others to light up.
- Dust: Even the cleanest home has dust that settles on flooring and furniture. Clean your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly throughout the year to ensure your HVAC systems are operating at maximum efficiency. Air purification systems are also effective at reducing the dust in your home.
To learn more about the ways you can avoid suffering from indoor allergy triggers, please contact the HVAC specialists at Overland Park Heating & Cooling, Inc.Our skilled technicians have been serving homeowners in the Kansas City area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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