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Breathe Easier in Your Cleveland Home by Allergy-Proofing Room by Room

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:49 AM

Indoor air quality is a health and safety issue that affects everyone in your Cleveland home. Of particular concern are those members with allergies or asthma, as common indoor contaminants can have an adverse affect on their symptoms. Read on for some great tips on allergy proofing your home that will have your whole family breathing easier.

Kitchen

  • breathe easier in your cleveland area homeReduce cooking odors and remove excess moisture with an exhaust fan vented to the outside.
  • Check around and underneath the sink for leaks or signs of mold or mildew and have them repaired immediately to avoid further issues.

Bathroom

  • Use an exhaust fan each time you bathe or shower to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Replace any carpeting with hard flooring and use washable floor mats instead.
  • Dry the tub or shower right after use and clean mold with a bleach solution.

Bedrooms

  • During pollen season, keep windows closed between dusk and dawn, relying on fans or A/C to cool your home.
  • Use covers on pillow cases and mattresses to protect your sleeping environment from dust mites, allergens and pet dander.
  • Keep the room free of clutter so dust can’t find places to hide.
  • Keep the closet floor clear and vacuum often. Clothing fibers are a major contributor to dust.

Basement

  • Routinely inspect the foundation and windows for signs of air or water leaks or other damage. If any of these issues are found, schedule repairs immediately.
  • If your basement is damp, install a dehumidifier to keep moisture under control and to avoid mold and mildew growth.
  • Visually inspect all exposed ductwork, checking for any breaks or gaps where conditioned air may escape and contaminated air may enter. Seal these cracks with mastic, not duct tape, which can break down over time. If you can't access your home's ductwork, contact your trusted HVAC professional.

Whole Home

  • Establish a regular cleaning routine, using a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to trap and remove dust, and invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Change your air filter on a monthly basis or as specified by the filter manufacturer.
  • Consider installing an air purifier, which can trap airborne contaminants and prevent them from circulating throughout your home.
  • Consider a whole home dehumidifier to control the humidity level in your home when the regular AC system is not running or cannot keep up. 

For more information on allergy proofing your home or for any other HVAC concerns, call the experts at P. K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been proudly serving homeowners in the greater Cleveland area since 1936.

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Paul WadsworthPaul 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 over 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. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. 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.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: Cleveland Home Comfort, ductwork, air filters, indoor air quality, cleveland home allergens

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