Did you know that allergies affect 20% of all Americans? And it’s not just a spring and summer issue, either. Montgomery County is home to plenty of fall-loving allergens, including ragweed, which causes that irritating hay fever, as well as mold and other weeds. Medication can help, but to truly make a dent in bad allergies, you may need to make some changes to your home to improve your indoor air quality.
One of the fastest and easiest things you can do to reduce indoor allergens is to replace your furnace air filter. The whole purpose of the filter is to screen out tiny particles in the air, including dust, mold, dander and allergens. When the filter is dirty, it’s not doing its job. Also wipe registers and air vents with a damp towel to keep dust from blowing through your house that way. You’ll want to keep your windows closed and rely on your air conditioner more often to keep allergens from sneaking in.
If those basic steps don’t work, it’s time to take more drastic action. Keeping your home at a constant level of moderate humidity can reduce mold and dust mites, so consider investing in a whole home humidifier. As the cool dry air enters the area you will be dealing with dry air infiltrating into your home. Whole home dehumidifiers assist with adding humidity into the air during the fall and winter months keeping you more comfortable and improving your energy efficiency.
Amazingly, UV light can also play a big role in keeping sneezes and watery eyes at bay. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, or UVGI lights, can kill germs, bacteria, mold, dust mites and other things you don’t want to be breathing in. They’re installed as part of your ventilation system and zap allergens before they ever make their way to you. Research shows that these lights can reduce respiratory symptoms by 40% and mucous build up by 30%. That can be a huge difference for you and your family.
Just remember, you don’t have to live with allergies. With a few modifications to your home comfort system, you can get rid of those irritating runny eyes and runny noses. If you need help figuring out which solutions are right for you, contact us. We help homeowners in Montgomery and Frederick Counties, including Rockville, Germantown, Potomac, Olney and Clarksburg breathe easier by improving indoor air quality.