Spring is here! While many Floridians are excited for the longer days, others are dreading spring allergies. It's easy to feel helpless when it comes to allergies. You might stock up on medicines and hope the next months go by quickly, but you can do more to be proactive!
All of the time you spend at home can be allergy-free with the right preparation. Here are some of the tips we recommend!
Schedule a Duct Cleaning
Throughout the year, whether you use your air conditioner or your heater, your ducts are accumulating allergens and pollutants. If they're filled with mold, dust, and pollen, it's likely to cause breathing problems.
The solution is easy! Clean your ducts! Our specialists have encountered everything you could imagine in ductwork. If you haven't had your ducts cleaned in a few years, now is the perfect time to get the essential maintenance your ducts need.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
There are other ways to make the air in your home healthier besides duct cleaning. The humidity of your home has a significant impact on your respiratory health. Ideally, you want humidity levels between 30% and 40%. We offer humidifiers that can ensure you stay within this healthy zone.
We also can install air filters that utilize UV light to target and kill bacteria and other contaminants. These can be easily tucked away out of sight while they filter your air.
Almost everything in your home can factor into your indoor air quality. While your ducts and vents need cleaning and filters, those are the only places in your home where air flows. It's always flowing around you and your things. This means that the dirtier your rugs and carpets are, the more dust, pollen and other allergens will become airborne. The same reasoning applies to your furniture. Make sure you are vacuuming away those dust particles before they're getting into the air and irritating your breathing.
Keep this in mind if you struggle with allergies and use this time to do some spring cleaning! It may be helpful to implement a long-term cleaning plan so that you remember to clean some of the forgotten spots in your home, such as floor vents, and rugs.
It's essential to recognize that respiratory problems and congestion may not necessarily be tied to seasonal changes. One other potential explanation that could cause breathing issues in your home is mold.
Mold can start to grow in your home in as little as 24 hours in high humidity and temperature environments. Luckily, there are ways to prevent this.
Consider the areas of your home that may be most susceptible to mold growth. Basement and crawl spaces can be especially troublesome because they are rarely used, and plumbing often runs through those areas. Ventilation is vital for your water-using appliances, so moisture doesn't get added to the air. It would help if you tried to visually inspect your water-using appliances like your water heater regularly to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
Overall, your home should be your place of refuge from breathing problems and congestion. While you can't control pollen levels outside, you can take steps to improve the air quality within your home with the right preparation. Our experts have been trained on indoor air quality health assessments and can offer our advice for improvement.