Fall Allergy Guide To Cleaner Air
by Greg Leisgang on August 23, 2011
Posted in: Indoor Air Quality
As fall approaches, so do seasonal allergies and their symptoms. To make it worse for sufferers, some allergens -- such as pollen and mold -- can find their way into your home and settle there. If your home has poor indoor air quality, there are some things you can do to make Greater Cincinnati's allergy season more survivable:
- Keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible when the pollen count is high. (You can check the pollen count on the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology's website.)
- Change the filters on your HVAC equipment regularly. They should be checked for buildup monthly and replaced at least every third month.
- Vacuum frequently to lift allergens out of your rugs, carpet and furniture.
- Keep the relative humidity in your home between 30 percent and 60 percent to discourage mold growth.
- Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen to pull out humid air.
Another option for maintaining better indoor air quality is to use air cleaners. A qualified HVAC technician can install a whole-house air cleaner in the ductwork of your heating and cooling system. You can buy portable air cleaners if you're only worried about a small area. Ultraviolet air cleaners will kill off biological contaminants such as bacteria and mold, but they should be used in conjunction with a good filtration system.
In addition, upgrading the air filters on your heating and cooling equipment will improve indoor air quality by capturing more airborne particles. Just before autumn is also a good time for many homeowners to get their ductwork cleaned to prevent contaminants from being recirculated into your air.
If you have questions about indoor air quality, or would like to request service from our qualified technicians, contact the certified heating and cooling professionals at JonLe Heating & Cooling. We're always glad to help.
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