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How to Stop Indoor Allergies in Their Tracks

Posted on January 24th, 2020

For some people, seasonal allergies don’t stop when they step inside. Your indoor air quality may be causing your allergies to flare-up all year, but there is good news. You can easily improve your air quality and kick allergies out the door, ensuring your home is always a place where you can breathe easy.

Causes of Indoor Allergies

Dust mites and allergens that are brought indoors can cause allergies and asthma to persist year-round. The most common causes of indoor allergens include:

  • Carpeting
  • Pet dander
  • Bedding
  • Mattresses
  • Unclean air vents

Allergens have a tendency to get trapped in the fibers of carpet (i.e., walking inside with your shoes on), mattresses, pillows, and fabric, which is why routine cleaning is so important. But you want to pay close attention to your HVAC system, too.

How Your Air Conditioner is Triggering Your Indoor Allergies

An air duct cleaning can remove dust, dirt, and other debris that’s built up in your vents. Additionally, a mold-resistant paint can also be applied to the inside of your vents, preventing any bacteria from returning.

Also, if you decide not to change your air filter regularly, you run the risk of contaminating your vents with allergens and other pollutants that are drawn from outside. Your system is also more likely to suffer mechanical malfunctions without an air filter to protect it from contamination.

Indoor Allergy Cleaning Checklist

To cut down on allergens in the home, here is a rundown of chores you should do every week.

  • Vacuum the whole house and furniture.
  • Brush pets outside or in an enclosed space to avoid spreading dander and fur.
  • Wash all pillows and bedding.
  • Wipe down all windowsills.
  • Wash bath mats, doormats, and area rugs.

Do You Need an Air Purification System?

Many people think that their air filter will clean the air in their homes, but this isn’t the case. An air filter is designed to protect an HVAC system from dirt, dust, and contaminants from outside. To remove bacteria and allergens that make their way indoors through doors, windows, and clothes, you’ll need an air purifier.

We can help you find the perfect solution for your home’s indoor air quality needs. Contact us at Plumbing & A/C Medic to schedule a service call and learn more about improving your I.A.Q. today!