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Indoor Air Quality: Is Your Home to Blame for Winter Allergies?

Indoor Air Quality: Is Your Home to Blame for Winter Allergies?

Suffering from allergies is terrible in any season, but the winter presents special challenges to your home’s indoor air quality that you may not be aware of.

Everything from cooking to dust from heating systems and pet dander on fabrics could make your breathing difficult in the coldest months. Here is a look at the challenges a typical Sandy Springs home faces with winter allergies and what you can do to improve home air quality.

Allergens in the Home

Everywhere you turn during the winter, there are triggers for allergies and asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends controlling the source of indoor air pollution to improve the situation at home. To get the job done, make sure there is adequate exhaust when you are cooking big dinners or operating the fireplace. If you have pets at home, cat or dog hair will attach to carpets and bedding, attracting dust mites that can make allergies worse.

Stuffed animals, Oriental rugs, couches and upholstered chairs also attract allergens and, without proper cleaning and air filtration, may be one of the largest factors affecting your home’s indoor air quality. Fortunately, you have a number of options when you want to improve the situation in your home.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

While there is no way to eliminate dust mites from your home, there are ways to reduce their impact. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), washing all bedding weekly in hot water will kill off dust mites that had settled into the fabric. (Non-washable materials may be frozen.)

The NIH also recommends using an allergen-proof cover for mattresses and pillows mattress to protect against allergic reactions in the winter. When you vacuum rugs and floors, use a HEPA filter capable of killing 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 microns or larger in size. These tools will help control the amount of allergens in the air.

HVAC technicians have other ways to improve air quality in your home during the winter. The Trane CleanEffects air filtration system has proven to be more effective at catching air particles than HEPA filters. Ultraviolet lamps capable of killing airborne microbes and fungi are tools Casteel technicians recommend when looking for a solution inside your HVAC system. Seasonal duct cleaning is yet another approach you can use to limit the impact of allergens and keep your family breathing free and easy this winter.

Improving your home’s indoor air quality can be a tall order when you have pets, an old furnace or other situations in play at home. Let Casteel’s air specialists show you how to find relief from allergies this winter.