Wave Goodbye to Seasonal Allergies by Improving Indoor Air Quality
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million Americans deal with allergies. Although allergies may seem unavoidable, especially during spring, there are several tactics for battling symptoms like sneezing, blocked nose, watery eyes, hives, runny nose, and wheezing. Most people are surprised to learn that controlling indoor air quality is one of the most powerful methods of fighting allergies.
Keep Plants Outside
One of the earliest science lessons students learn is about photosynthesis. If you need a refresher, photosynthesis is how plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Without plants, life on Earth would be hard-pressed for oxygen.
Many people grow plants indoors in hopes of boosting indoor oxygen content and livening up their homes. Believe it or not, plants can actually reduce indoor air quality. They’re known to foster mold growth, directly impacting your home’s air quality. Even if you love plants, you should keep them outside if you’re concerned about your allergies.
However tedious or boring it may be, cleaning is something everyone does. It’s also a form of seasonal allergy symptom control. To improve your air quality, clean your home regularly and extensively.
First, remove clutter from your living space. If you struggle to find room for things, store them in a drawer or box. Vacuum your rugs and carpets using a product with a HEPA-quality filter. Clean bedspreads, comforters, drapes, curtains, and other fabrics on a weekly or biweekly basis. Don’t forget to dust, either.
Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are molecules that readily go airborne, even at room temperature. Household cleaners and hygiene products have long contained numerous VOCs, now scientifically known to exacerbate allergies.
Research your household and hygienic products online to determine if they have VOCs. Swap them out for less-volatile cleaning products like vinegar, essential oils, or baking soda.
Here at Carlos Warren & Son, we’re happiest when helping local residents resolve their indoor air issues, including those related to heating, cooling, and ventilation. Headquartered in Dexter, Missouri, we’re known for installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC systems. Get in contact with us to learn how we can help out!