It is extremely important for allergy sufferers to optimize their air quality during allergy season. The bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, animal dander and other allergens in indoor air will irritate, and worsen, your allergies. As HVAC specialists in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville we have helped thousands of families work to conquer their allergies through cleaner indoor air. Luckily, it is relatively easy to optimize your indoor air quality for allergy season – simply follow the below tips:
1. Maintain Humidity
Having indoor air that is too dry or too moist strongly affects indoor air irritants. When air is dry small particles can become airborne, and when air is too moist it can breed the bacteria that worsens conditions for allergy sufferers. One of the easiest ways to optimize your indoor air quality for allergy season is to use your indoor air system or humidifier/dehumidifier to maintain 30-50% air humidity.
2. Ensure Adequate Ventilation
Many homes do not have adequate ventilation in the moistest rooms: the kitchen, bathroom and laundry rooms. Have a professional check to see if you have adequate ventilation throughout your home, and that the heat and moisture from showers, dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers is properly escaping your home by ventilating it directly outdoors. If you have an attic you will also want to ensure proper ventilation in attics and crawl spaces, as they are breeding grounds for airborne bacteria.
3. Change your Air Filters Often
The air filters in your home’s heating and air conditioning systems are what eliminates small dust, dander and pollen particles form the air￢ﾀﾔso changing these often during allergy season is critical. While the average Canadian home can go 60-90 days between air-filter changes allergy sufferers should be changing it very 30-45 days. If you have a pet you may need to change it even more frequently (and the more pets you have the more often it will need changing). As HVAC specialists in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville we cannot stress how critical it is to regularly change your air filters.
4. Regular Cleaning
To prevent dust, mold, pollen and allergens from recirculating through the air you will want to clean the house often, and with allergenic cleaners. As an allergy-friendly cleaning agent try using natural products like vinegar and baking soda. Be sure to clean mattress encasements, couch cushions and other items that aren’t necessarily on the weekly wash list￢ﾀﾔand do it in 130ￂﾰ F+ water.
If you suspect that your indoor air quality is less-than-acceptable and could be aggravating your allergies, have us drop by for an indoor air-quality assessment. Call us today – Furnace King, your HVAC specialists in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville, and we’ll help you to optimize your indoor air quality for allergy season.