Spring is here! Warmer weather means more time outdoors enjoying activities, but if you’re an allergy sufferer, it also means searching for ways to find relief from symptoms, both outside and inside.
The air quality in our area may not be as poor as it is in other parts of the country, where people suffer from the effects of smog and other types of air pollution. But still, this is the season for dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris. Plus, according to WebMD, the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of the outdoors. With the right Tacoma, WA indoor air quality system, however, as well as taking some precautionary steps, you can combat this. We’ve shared these steps below.
Replace Your Air Filter
The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is actually not intended to improve your indoor air quality. Its purpose is to protect the inside components of your system from dirt, dust, and other debris that can do it harm.
However, a clogged air filter will affect your indoor air, as debris backs up into your living space. This increases your chances of inhaling harmful or irritating contaminants that can make you sick, or at least aggravate allergy symptoms.
Keep Your Windows Closed
We get it. On a cooler day, it’s tempting to open some windows to let a breeze flow through. But if you suffer from allergies or asthma, then this might be doing more harm than good to your health. Remember, air leaks around your windows and doors can allow pollen and other allergens to creep into your home.
Even if you’re utilizing a high-efficiency air filtration system, dust will inevitably settle on the surfaces of your home. High-efficiency air filters do cut down on allergy symptoms, but it’s up to you to remove dust and other particulates from your furniture, drapes, and blinds.
Check the Pollen Count
Pollen count is often at a significantly high level this time of year. If you notice your allergy symptoms increasing, this could be why. Use a website such as pollen.com to see what the current levels are, and try staying indoors, utilizing your indoor air quality systems.
Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
The best thing you can do to truly combat harmful and uncomfortable allergens is to invest in the right whole-house air filtration and air purification systems. This will help remove the majority of the harmful particles from your indoor air that may be aggravating your symptoms or making you sick.
Even humidity levels can affect your health. When the air is too dry (anything under 30% relative humidity), it dries out your nose and makes you more susceptible to colds and other contagious illnesses. Fortunately, we have a solution for this as well—a whole-house humidifier. We’re happy to discuss with you whether this system or some other type of indoor air quality will benefit you and your home.