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Whether seasonal or chronic, allergies are no fun. Fortunately, numerous products exist to help improve your home’s indoor air quality and minimize your allergies.
Before we discuss air quality products for minimizing allergies, it’s important to understand why indoor air quality matters in the first place. Poor indoor air quality poses numerous health risks, which can negatively affect your health long-term.
Health risks from poor indoor quality include the following:
Even if you don’t develop a long-term lung disease from breathing in bad air, it certainly makes your home more uncomfortable.
So, just how can you acquire the health benefits of better indoor air quality? Research and consider investing in some of the following products.
If you live in a particularly dry environment, you may experience discomfort with dry eyes and skin. Dry air can also cause nosebleeds and make your throat feel scratchy. The best way to combat a dry climate is to use a good humidifier. This adds moisture to the air of your home and improves your overall health and comfort.
On the flip side, if you live in a particularly humid and moist environment, your house may feel better with the aid of a dehumidifier. Excessive moisture in air can cause mold and mildew to build up, both of which trigger allergies. To improve indoor air quality, keep air balanced between dry and moist.
An air cleaner (or purifier) is a device that sits within a room and removes excess pollutants from the air. Air cleaners act as a sort of filter, trapping dust, dirt, and other allergens and preventing them from circulating through your home. Air cleaners are an excellent way to eliminate airborne particles and improve indoor air quality.
Did you know that many air quality issues originate in your HVAC system? Clean vents and new air filters are essential to healthy air. To prevent allergens from traveling through your HVAC system, invest in a high-quality air filter. Make sure you change it according to its directions, otherwise it can’t do its job.
Air quality products aren’t the only way to improve lung health. Additionally, you should take the following steps to increase the quality of your home’s air circulation.
Dust, vacuum, sweep, and mop often. This is especially important if you have pets. Pet hair gets trapped in carpet and upholstery, causing a slow buildup in allergens.
The air inside your home does get stale after time. Open your windows to let fresh outside air circulate in your home, chasing away any “bad” indoor air you may be ingesting.
As already mentioned, your HVAC system plays an important role in your indoor air quality. If your system causes you problems on a regular basis, it may be time to upgrade.
Not only can dust mites become trapped in your air ducts, small pests can leave feces and other pollutants inside. This foreign matter slowly cycles through your home and ends up in your lungs. Yuck!
Hiring a professional HVAC technician to tune up your furnace can nip air quality problems in the bud. Not only does it save you money on an expensive replacement later, it improves the healthy and comfort of your home.
As a licensed Rheem dealer, we can introduce you to some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective systems currently available on the market. ABE Heating and Cooling offers great products with iron-clad warranties and superior installation services, all at manageable prices suitable for any budget. We are located in Brighton, Colorado and serve the entire Denver Metro Area, and if you would like to learn more about high-efficiency furnaces please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.