Poor indoor air quality can cause allergic reactions year round. However, these symptoms often worsen during the spring, when allergy season really kicks in. Higher quantities and variations of allergens can really take the “spring out of your step” and the fun out of the season. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and your health.
Use a high-quality air filter- While many allergens collect on surfaces of your home, the way they get there is by wafting through the air. The majority of allergic respiratory symptoms are caused by airborne particles, some of which don’t settle. Filtering the air with a HEPA filter — a High Efficiency Particle Air filter — can improve your indoor air quality by removing more than 99 percent of airborne particles. This includes spring allergens such as spores, pollen, dust, pet dander and more.
Change your air filters more often– Keep a fresh supply of HVAC filters on hand and change them more often during the peak allergy season of Spring. Instead of changing your filters every 30-45 days, if you have allergies, try changing them every 20-30 days instead.
Use a dehumidifier. High levels of humidity create the perfect environment for mold and mildew. The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection recommends keeping indoor humidity levels below 50 percent to reduce the effects of airborne allergens. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, collecting it in a tank or pumping it outdoors. Consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier that will attach to your HVAC system for maximum benefits.
Install a whole-house electronic air cleaner -A good filtration unit can significantly reduce indoor allergens and odor and make a measurable difference in indoor air quality.