Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Curb Seasonal Allergies Published on October 13, 2017 If you experience allergies, you may be quick to correlate seasonal irritations with outdoor triggers such as pollen and mold. However, poor indoor air quality in your own home could be the offender to blame for runny noses, itchy eyes and in some cases, dangerous symptoms like respiratory issues, bronchitis and asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency found in a survey that Americans spend 87% of their lives indoors and that indoor air pollutant levels are up to 100 times higher than levels you may find outside. While it’s troublesome to think about how many toxins you are likely exposed to on a regular basis, there are straightforward steps you can take to increase the condition of the air you breathe in your home. Eliminate Smoking Indoors There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking indoors one time is enough to contaminate the rest of the house, even if you're in a room with the doors closed. Vacuum Regularly Invest in a quality vacuum and clean your carpets regularly to reduce dust and other pollutants brought in from outside. Wash Bedding Wash sheets, pillows and comforters in warm water routinely to diminish exposure to dust mites and other allergens. Let Air in Through Windows Most heating and cooling units recirculate inside air so when weather permits, let fresh air in, if even just for a short time. Keep a Clean Home Clean your home on a regular basis using pure cleaning supplies. Throw Away Unused Chemicals and Paint Paint outdoors and choose non-toxic adhesive, finishes and varnishes where possible. Groom Pets Washing and brushing your pets regularly will decrease shedding and dander. Use the Exhaust Fan Over Your Stove The benefit of an external exhausted range hood is that it removes potentially toxic pollutants and gasses from the air in your kitchen. Use Fans in Bathrooms Exhaust fans knock out moisture from the bathroom and diminish fumes from cleaning agents that could potentially cause health issues. Switch out Air Filters replacing the air filters in your heating and cooling system on a regular basis is important to maintaining optimal indoor air quality in your home. Clean Air Ducts Most of the in-home air arrives through ducts as part of your heating and cooling system. Those air ducts can get dirty with microbes, mildew, bacteria and loads of dust and dirt. Regular duct cleaning can clear way built-up debris. In addition to these key steps there are several advanced solutions for fighting allergy-inducing pollution in your home. Whole-home central humidifiers keep humidity within one percent of your preferred levels throughout your home, creating a healthier environment by scaling back dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats and keeping wood from deteriorating or warping. They can also lessen the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections. Proper humidification levels are equally important in both hot and cold environments. Too little humidity leaves the body vulnerable to infections whereas too much humidity creates ideal breeding grounds for mold, mildew and dust mites. Options for high-efficiency air filtration and cleaners that wipe out airborne contaminants include High Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration and Germicidal UV Light Systems. Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning can give you a free home air quality and comfort analysis so you can rest assured that your family is breathing the healthiest air possible. Call 801-871-8425 or make your appointment online.