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Taking Charge of the Air Quality at Home

A significant number of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Fall or Spring can bring not just a change of temperature and scenery, but aQuality Air 2 host of allergy challenges to be faced as well. Unfortunately, there are also allergens to be found inside your home and they are not necessarily triggered by any change of season. They can lead to discomfort all through the year unless you have a plan for taking control of the air quality at home.

Here are a few ways you can reduce allergy symptoms and improve your air quality at home:

1. Dehumidify
Dust mites and mold spores are two common sources of allergy problems. If you can reduce these irritants you can experience a noticeable change in allergy symptoms.

One way to reduce this problem is to make your home less hospitable to mites and spores. Since dust mites and mold do well in moist climates, taking some of the moisture out of your home can help to reduce or eliminate them. A dehumidifier can do the trick.

Allergists say that setting your home humidifier somewhere under 50 percent is the best way to lower problems related to dust and mold. You can achieve similar results by running your air-conditioner. Using exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathroom and basement will also help to remove excess humidity from the air.

2. Purify the Air
If you own a pet, dander in the air can trigger annoying allergy symptoms. The same goes for pollen and mold spores. To remove these tiny irritants, use an air purifier along with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Using HEPA vacuum filters will also help lower the amount of fine particle allergens affecting air quality at home.

3. Humidify
If moist air will create a positive environment for mold and dust mites, then overly-dry air can create a negative environment for your lungs. What you need is the proper balance. Too-dry air may irritate your breathing passages and could actually encourage miniscule allergens to float and become airborne rather than settle. Correct humidity resolves the issue. Do as the experts suggest and keep humidity at around 50 percent as an appropriate middle ground.

4. Condition the Air
HEPA filters are great for your air purifier and your vacuum cleaner, but you can also use them when you run your air conditioner. In fact, running the air conditioner with a HEPA filter is preferable to opening your windows while you sleep at night. Since most flowering plants actively pollinate in the early morning hours, having your windows open through the night is practically an invitation to allergy distress. Keep your windows tightly shut and run the A.C. instead.

As HVAC experts, we at E & Q Heating & Cooling are on the lookout for ways to make our customers more comfortable in their homes – rain or shine, winter or summer. We’d love to talk with you about installing a humidifier on your furnace or any other way we can be part of helping you take charge of your home air quality.