Winter allergy season is here and Americans spend 90% of their time indoors where there are many triggers hidden in plain sight. Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that pollutants are often two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations. At Precision Air & Plumbing, we believe there are easy DIY home prevention steps you can take to reduce allergens in the home.
While Arizona’s winter weather may feel amazing, it’s important to close doors and rely on indoor air controlled temperatures to avoid pollens, dust and other unwanted irritants getting into your home. Be sure to clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills to avoid buildup.
Adjusting air filters to your home and choosing the correct one is extremely important. When air conditioners get turned on, they circulate stale air throughout the home which is why it’s important to make sure your filters are clean and you change them out frequently. Filters like the BoAir Electrostatic Air Filters are “drop-in” replacements for existing disposable filters and are up to 25 times more effective, which means they will be able to trap those particles before they can make their home in your ducts. BoAir filters also contain a special anti-microbial agent designed to limit and control airborne bacteria, germs and fungi as well as reduce odors. You can go to www.cleancomfort.com for more information on these particular type of filters we recommend, just go to product and select filtration.
Winter months mean you are going to start taking hot, steamy baths and showers but this can also create too much moisture in your bathroom. If you have a ventilation fan, be sure to run it in your bathroom for 20 minutes during and after your bath or shower. This will help avoid growth or mold and prevent any damage to fixtures and surfaces.
If your home has a tendency to feel damp, buying a dehumidifier is an excellent idea. A dehumidifier can combat mildew and mold while also ridding your house of any musty smells. Other signs your home needs a dehumidifier include water stains on walls or ceilings, condensation on windows, black spots on walls and rooms with poor ventilation.
These often overlooked tips can make a huge difference in the quality of life in your home during allergy season. Reducing allergens can help families protect themselves from watery eyes, itchy throats and runny noses year-round.
Written by: Erik Bryan, Precision Air & Plumbing
Erik Bryan is the owner of Precision Air & Plumbing, a family owned Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing and Home Performance company providing quality home services across the Valley. Since 1995, Bryan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has built business on customer referrals because they believe in one simple philosophy of “People before Profits”. Combined with quality products and technical services, Precision Air & Plumbing guarantees the best customer service experience possible. So, when it’s time to Maintain it, Service it or Replace it, “Make the Precision Decision”™.