Are your allergies seemingly worse indoors? Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is one of the most important factors that play a huge role in indoor allergies. If you’ve noticed a spike in your allergies, it may be a sign that your air quality is not where it should be. Allergens are caused by a variety of different indoor air particulates. These particulates contribute to the quality of air in your home and beyond just allergies, they can also cause sickness and overall discomfort. With that being said, if you’ve been struggling with indoor allergies, Reliable Air & Heat is here to help you remedy them!
1. Utilize a Doormat
While it may not seem like much, having an entry mat by every door significantly helps maintain good indoor air quality! A doormat helps by trapping dirt, dust, pollen, and other particulates which keeps you from tracking them around your home and ultimately keeps them out of the air you breathe!
2. Regularly Clean Areas Where Dust Accumulates
Even with doormats, dust will still accumulate and float in the air. Cleaning regularly, especially in areas where dust accumulates, will tremendously reduce your exposure to indoor allergens. When cleaning, using the Top-Down Method is the most effective and efficient way to make sure that every surface is covered. All you have to do is start from the highest surface in your home and work your way to the bottom! This allows the particulates to progressively fall to the ground where you can then clean them away!
3. Change Bedding Often
Washing your bedding at least once a week is an absolute must! When you sleep, your body is shedding dead skin, and hair, and releasing extra moisture. This, paired with the dark and humid environment from your bedding creates a breeding ground for dust mites to thrive. Let’s look at a few facts!
Dust Mites are one of the leading causes of indoor allergens and they feed primarily off of the skin we shed. The average human sheds 1.5 grams of skin in just a day. That alone is enough to feed one million dust mites! However it’s not the actual dust mite that causes allergy symptoms, it’s actually the waste they leave behind. In their lifetime, a single dust mite is responsible for producing up to 200 times its weight in waste.
4. Keep Humidity at Bay
High Indoor humidity, especially in the Houston, Texas area is also a very high driver of allergens. Other than dust mites, indoor humidity also directly affects the growth of mold and mildew. Unlike the other factors, this one can be harder to control than the rest. We live in such a humid climate and combatting that can prove difficult. One way to do so is with a Whole House Dehumidifier. Unlike a portable dehumidifier which only works in a small enclosed space, a whole-house dehumidifier will keep the humidity low in your whole house!
5. Replace your filters once a month
AC filters work essentially the same way a vacuum filter works. The air is cycled through the system, trapping as many particles as it can. Replacing your filters once a month ensures that your system stays effective!
6. Invest in a Whole-Home Air Purification System
Even with maintaining a clean home, air particles can still be a troublesome problem. The filters in your AC System aren’t designed to catch all of the particulates. In fact, the smallest ones, which pass right through the filters are the most dangerous to your health. With a Whole-Home Air Purification System, you can safely eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold, and viruses in the air and on surfaces!
Contact Us Today
Allergies getting you down? Let us help you fix them! Call Reliable Air & Heat at 936-890-8991 or request a service online to discuss how our skilled professionals can help you get rid of indoor allergies!