How to Prepare Your Home to Reduce Springtime Allergy Symptoms
While springtime may cause some people’s thoughts to drift toward billowing clouds, fresh blossoms and green grasses blowing in wind, others think of sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes. Many dread spring because of pollen and other common allergens. Unfortunately, being out of doors is not the way to be bothered by allergies. It’s also possible for your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home to harbor many of the same allergens indoors, which is why indoor air quality testing is important to consider.
Let’s take a closer look at steps you can take to make sure your house is not an allergy sanctuary but has the highest indoor air quality possible.
Use an Air Purifier
Consider investing in an air purifier. They are beneficial for everyone and can be a lifesaver for those who suffer from debilitating allergies and other respiratory issues. Air purifiers should not be confused with standard HVAC filters. Filters do a great job of removing large particles and are necessary for your home comfort system. However, they’re not as effective against many smaller airborne allergens. Purifiers are much more effective at trapping these smaller particles. Many also include technology such as ultraviolet light to kill many bacteria and viruses. Whether an individual unit or a whole-house air purification system, Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing features many types that will fit your individual needs and budget.
Managing Your Windows
Many look forward to spring when they can open windows to introduce fresh air into the space for ventilation and circulation. Modern homes and buildings are typically sealed tightly making increased airflow very appealing. It’s a two-edged sword: Leave the windows closed and trap pollutants like cooking odors and volatile organic compounds indoors; open the windows and bring the outdoor allergens in. While brief periods of open windows on clear days with low pollen count can be helpful, the professionals at Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help you decide which indoor air quality solution coupled with your home HVAC system will provide total comfort and clean, healthy inside air.
Keep the Inside Clean
Good household hygiene is important to maintain good quality indoor air. Vacuuming daily, especially if you have carpet that can trap small particles and pollen, dusting regularly and bathing pets as needed can all assist you in keeping the indoor air at the healthiest level possible and reduce the effects of allergens on your loved ones. Vacuuming upholstered furniture every one to two weeks is also beneficial. If your vacuum has a HEPA filter, that’s even better. Eliminating clutter can also help reduce dust accumulation on surfaces.
Schedule Your Indoor Air Quality Service Now
Spring need not be a season to be feared. You can look forward to the warmer days in your Oxford, MI or Waterford, MI home even if you or your loved one suffers from allergies or other respiratory problems. Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is always available to help prepare your home, so you breathe the purest, healthiest indoor air possible. Call now to learn more about the many solutions available to improve your indoor air quality.