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Improve Indoor Air Quality to Alleviate Spring Allergy Symptoms

Posted by Empire Blog at 6:53 pm on April 4, 2014

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Decatur, GA

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Spring has sprung, and while the nicer weather is welcome, it brings with it all sorts of allergens that can make people miserable. If you’ve got seasonal allergies, take steps to improve your indoor air quality so that your home is a place you can be healthy and happy.

On those first few warm days, it can be tempting to throw open the windows to get some “fresh” air. But for someone who suffers from allergies, those open windows let in pollen. Moisture also enters the house which often results in mold spores. It’s best to let your HVAC system control the temperature and humidity in your home and keep doors and windows closed to keep allergens out.

AC System Checklist

Not sure if your system is up to the job? It’s a good idea to get it evaluated because there are always new innovations that help improve indoor air quality. Some things to check into include:

  • Household ductwork and whether it has any mold spores or dust mites that are continually being blown into the air. A professional duct cleaning can eliminate this problem.
  • New HEPA filters for your existing air conditioning system. These filters work well for reducing the amount of allergens in the air.
  • Air purifiers can be a second line of defense in helping people who have seasonal allergies. An air purifier is more intensive in air filtration than an air filter alone. Multiple cycles each hour provide more thorough air cleaning, allowing more particulates to be removed from the indoor air stream. Additionally, germicidal units trap and kill germs and mold spores.
  • Small gaps around windows doors and outlets should be sealed with foam or caulk. When air escapes through these leaky spots, it’s sometimes replaced with air sucked in from the basement, crawlspace, garage or outside — places full of mold and pollen.

Decatur Indoor Air Quality Experts – Empire Heating and Air Conditioning

If you’re determined to feel well this spring despite allergy issues, contact us. We can evaluate your current HVAC system and make other recommendations to improve your indoor air quality and reduce the amount of allergens in your home.