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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality During Allergy Season

Warmer spring weather is on the way, and for most people that is a good thing. For allergy sufferers, however, the arrival of higher temperatures also means the arrival of particles in the air that can cause everything from irritating itchy eyes and sneezing to more serious bouts of asthma and respiratory issues. There is not much you can do to control the allergens outside, but if you suffer from allergies in the spring season, there are steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality.

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

The air inside your home has a direct effect on the health of you and your family members. When excess dust, bacteria, dander, pollen, and allergens are present they can make life inside even more miserable than life outside during allergy season. Since people spend so much time in their homes, the presence of these allergens can also lead to respiratory problems, and in severe situations, to chronic asthma or breathing problems.

Clean Your Air Ducts

One of the most common places where you will find allergens in your home is inside the air ducts of your heating and cooling systems. As you run these systems in the winter and summer months, they pull in air from the outdoors, heat or cool it, and circulate it throughout your home. They also collect all sorts of airborne allergens from the outdoors, which can settle in the air ducts and then get circulated throughout your home when the heating and cooling systems kick on. A professional air duct cleaning service can help remove these tiny particles and improve the air you’re breathing.

Install a Humidifier

It’s no secret that the air in Utah is dry—it’s a desert, after all. When you run heating and cooling systems, those can dry out the air inside your home even more so than the air outside, and the results can be painful:

  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Cracked and bleeding skin
  • Dry nasal passages
  • Dry throat and coughing

In addition, a humidifier can help reduce the spread of things like bacteria, dust mites, and other irritants that can more easily circulate through dry air.

Consider an Air Purifier or Plants

Pollutants are all around us, from the cleaning products we use to exhaust fumes from vehicles that pass by on the road. The heating and cooling systems in your home often pull in these pollutants along with the air, and circulate them inside your home. It may surprise you to learn that one cubic foot of air inside your home can have as many as 30 million pollutants that cause allergies, respiratory irritation, headaches, and more. Air purifiers can filter out allergens, contaminants, and particles that could lead to irritation.

Another option to help improve indoor air is to add indoor plants, some of which have proven to have air-cleaning capabilities. These include plants such as aloe vera, spider plants, Gerber daisies, chrysanthemums, azaleas, and English ivy. Keep in mind that not all indoor plants are safe for pets, so check toxicity before you get them.

Breathe a little easier this spring when you take the proper steps to improve the air quality inside your home.

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