Indoor Allergens Are Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality
Do you know where many symptoms of allergy and asthma begin? Right there in your home.
Many people with allergies stay indoors when pollen and mold are high outdoors. But that leaves you exposed to pollen and mold that comes inside in the form of dust mites, pet dander, and other contaminants that make their way into your air supply.
Allergens are substances that cause allergic reactions in some people. They settle onto furniture and floors. They are spread around by your air supply, moving as you walk, open doors and windows, and turn on your heating and cooling system.
Almost four out of five people in our community are impacted by dust mites. Three out of five live with pet dander on a day to day basis. The only way to lessen the likelihood of them impacting your health is to ensure the cleanest environment possible.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends you improve your indoor air quality by:
- Control your contact with indoor allergens
- Ventilating your indoor areas efficiently
- Use air cleaners to clean indoor air
You can control indoor allergens by:
Controlling dust mites. Keep all surfaces clean and uncluttered.
Vacuum regularly. The busier your household, the more frequently you should vacuum. Look for high quality vacuums with HEPA filters in place.
Prevent pet dander. All pets will leave pet dander in your home. Control it by keeping pets off furniture and away from bedrooms. Clean their sleeping material and favorite toys frequently. Bathing and brushing frequently can also help.
Keep windows and doors closed, especially on high allergen days. Change filters often to clean out potential problems.
Clean ductwork. Especially if you’ve recently moved into a new home, remodeled, or can’t remember the last time your ductwork has been cleaned, now is the time.
How safe is your indoor air quality for your family?