How to Allergy-Proof Your Home This Spring

There’s nothing like the promise of spring after a damp and chilly South Carolina winter. The only problem is that for those who suffer from allergies, spring can be a long and nonstop episode of unpleasant sniffling, sneezing and congestion. The American Lung Association estimates that up to 40 million people are already plagued by allergies, and their numbers are increasing every year. One of the easiest ways to allergy-proof your home is to pay attention to your indoor air. Here are five ways to improve indoor air quality and thereby minimize annoying allergy symptoms:

Get Rid of Indoor Biological Pollutants

Although allergens can include everything from cleaning products and upholstered furniture to carpeting and household clutter, biological pollutants are the most common trigger for allergies. Biological pollutants include:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Bacteria
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Air purifiers can remove 95% of these pathogens from your indoor air. Other options include using high-efficiency particulate air filters in your HVAC system or opting for a deep pleated stand-alone air filter. At the very least, be sure to clean or replace your existing HVAC air filters every month.

Use Your Air Conditioning System Instead of Opening Windows

When you open your windows, pollen can enter your home, so keep the windows shut and turn on the AC instead. This keeps pollen out and allows the filter in your AC system to trap any pollution that finds its way inside. Ceiling fans stir up dust and other allergens, so don’t use them to keep cool.

Balance Indoor Humidity Levels

Indoor humidity levels over 50 percent create an environment where dust mites, mildew and mold can thrive. High humidity also encourages the growth of viruses, bacteria and insects. If your air conditioner doesn’t reduce indoor humidity, invest in a dehumidifier. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the healthiest humidity levels are between 30 and 50 percent.

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Without annual maintenance, your Charlotte AC system can become a biological pollution generator. The unit should be thoroughly cleansed and inspected every spring to ensure clean and optimal operation.

Have Your Ductwork Checked

If you haven’t already done it, schedule a duct work inspection. The air ducts in your home are notorious for harboring pollutants that can include everything from black mold and dust to rodent droppings and mildew. If necessary, a qualified HVAC technician can clean out your air ducts and seal any leaks to keep pollutants outdoors where they belong.

To learn more about how to reduce allergy symptoms in your Charlotte, Rock Hill or Fort Mill home with cleaner indoor air, check out Melton Heating & Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality solutions or call (803) 693-0114.