By the time fall rolls around many of us are more than ready for the crisp air, the pumpkin flavored coffees, and the change in pace. Unfortunately, fall does come with a downside: fall allergies. Ragweed, mold, and dust mites are all huge allergen triggers during the fall season according to WebMD. These sneaky little allergens can leave you sneezy, itchy, stuffy, and all around miserable. So, what can we do about them? Yes, there are many allergy medications out there that you can ask your doctor about, but there are also some changes you can make to improve your indoor air quality, which will also improve your allergy symptoms.
Electronic Air Filter
Air filters in the furnace filter will help to decrease the amount of particles flying around the air of your home, but electronic ones are the most effective. These filters have a capture rate of up to 95% of particles including mold and dust mites as well as bacteria, fungus, lint, animal hair, cooking grease, smoke and viruses. In order to properly maintain them these filters need to be washed monthly with a hose or in the dishwasher.
UV Germicidal Light
These lights can be added to your duct system in addition to a filter. They “zap” mold, bacteria and other allergens. This piece of equipment is the most effective for your indoor air quality.
Vacuum with a HEPA Filter
Traditional vacuuming will only blow the small particles back into the air, which can aggravate your allergies even more. Make sure your vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter so that it can effectively clear the ground of potential allergy triggers (WebMD).
Before you start sneezing and wheezing this fall think about what changes you can make in your home so you and your family can breathe easier. Questions? Contact Flame!