If you’re an allergy sufferer, going outside can be miserable. However, staying inside may not offer much relief. According to the federal EPA, the air supply in the average home in Northwest Arkansas is about 10 times worse than outdoors. Pollutants, including allergens, circulate via your HVAC system and settle in carpet and upholstery. Just walking across the carpet or sitting in a chair can send up a cloud of allergens.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to allergy-proof your home. Here are five simple tips that can have a dramatic effect on your indoor air quality:
- Make sure your air filters are fresh. Once your filter becomes clogged, it’s no longer effective at keeping your air clean. A clean filter not only traps allergens, but helps keep your system operating at peak efficiency.
- Control mold by controlling moisture. Mold spores love moisture, so dehumidifying your home can be an effective method for preventing mold. Whole-house dehumidification systems treat your entire indoor air supply through your HVAC system, and are a good way to allergy-proof your space.
- Ventilate. Allergens can bottle up in homes where air doesn’t cycle frequently. This may be the case if you’ve sealed air leaks in your building. Consider a balanced ventilation system, like an energy recovery ventilator, which cycles out old air and introduces filtered, fresh air. ERVs can also reduce humidity and recycle the warm or cool energy created by your system.
- Sterilize your home. Consider installing a UV light sterilization system, which helps allergy-proof your home by destroying microorganisms such as dust mites, yeast cells and more. Use anti-fungal cleaning agents on household surfaces regularly.
- Upgrade your vacuum cleaner. As you vacuum your carpet, allergens can be stirred up and released back into your air. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which captures 99.97 percent of pollutants that are 1/300th the diameter of a human hair. Be sure to clean the filter outdoors.
If you’re interested in improving your indoor air quality to allergy-proof your home, call Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal. We’re happy to keep indoor living environments healthy throughout Northwest Arkansas.
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