Indoor allergy triggers can be a problem all year-round, especially when the chills of winter and early spring keep you cooped up indoors for days on end. Here are five of the most common allergy triggers in your home, and what you can do to control them.
Did you know that your home may be full of microscopic arachnids? Dust mites live in dust buildup and can also contain other common allergens, such as pollen or spores. Clean your home regularly by wiping down vents and air registers. Also, make sure to change HVAC filters as needed.
Rodents, spiders and insects are all allergy culprits. Mice and rats produce allergy-inducing dander, and all pests leave behind droppings and other waste material that may cause allergic reactions. Eliminate all sources of food or water, and call a plumber to address any pipe leaks before consulting a professional exterminator about ridding your home of current pests.
Whether it’s a fireplace or cigarettes, smoke is a common indoor irritant. Limit or eliminate smoking indoors. If you have a fireplace, have it inspected and professionally cleaned at least once a year. You should also check that your flues are properly opened during use. Consider investing in an air purifier to help reduce or eliminate all types of airborne particles.
Even if you don’t suffer from animal allergies, pet dander can build up to an irritating level quickly in your home. Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration, clean all soft furniture and carpets regularly. Whenever possible, keep your pets out of your bedroom and give them regular baths.
Mold and Mildew
Any areas with excess moisture can develop mold and mildew. Check your basement, kitchen, bathroom and other areas for signs of moisture damage or leaks. Have any problems you see professionally assessed immediately to eliminate allergy threats.
For more expert advice on addressing and eliminating indoor allergy triggers in your Amarillo home, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We offer home comfort services in the Amarillo area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor allergy triggers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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