With allergy season well underway, many homeowners have to cope with a variety of allergy symptoms. There's not much to be done about the conditions outside, but you can greatly reduce allergens in the home by looking at these five likely contributors.
- Mold: A major source of indoor allergy symptoms, mold thrives in a moist environment. The most effective way to deal with mold is to control moisture and prevent it from growing. Running the vent fans in your bathroom and kitchen while showering or cooking can help prevent mold, and a dehumidifier can reduce moisture in other parts of your house. If you find mold growing, you can clean the surface with water and detergent, then dry it thoroughly.
- Household dust: Dust and dust mites are a big problem in many homes. You can reduce dust by eliminating the places it hides, such as thick carpet, heavy drapes and upholstered furniture. Washing bedding weekly in 130-degree water will also reduce mold and kill dust mites. A whole house air purifier attached to your home's heating and cooling system can be used to reduce airborne dust particles.
- HVAC filters: The air filters in your furnace and air conditioner are supposed to remove particles from the air, but not all filters are created equal. If you have cheap fiberglass filters in your HVAC, upgrading to high-efficiency air filters will ensure that they catch dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other allergens.
- Dirty ductwork: Air ducts are a major unseen allergy source in many homes. Ducts are usually out of sight and easy to ignore, but large amounts of dust and other particle buildup can accumulate inside them over time. Professional duct cleaning can eliminate this problem. Once done, regular preventive maintenance and filter replacement can lengthen the time before this needs to be done again.
- Pet allergies: If you're an animal lover with pet allergies, you're in a bit of a tight spot. Keeping animals outside is the most effective solution, but air purifiers can help reduce symptoms if you can't bring yourself to evict man's best friend.
To learn more about how you can reduce allergy symptoms and deal with allergens in the home, contact P.K, Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the Greater Cleveland area since 1936.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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