There are few ideas in the world that are simply black and white. We all have differing opinions on politics and religion, but one thing that most everyone can agree upon is this- allergies are not fun. And here in Arkansas, several allergens are more intense for our region than others.
“We live in a pretty temperate region so we’ve got all different kinds of allergens coming from weeds, grasses, trees, molds and house dustmites,” said Dr. Steve Cashman, a Fayetteville allergist.
To make matters worse, closing your windows and locking the doors are not going to keep the allergens or bacteria that cause sickness away. In fact, according to the EPA, the air in your home may be anywhere from 2 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Those are some major numbers to consider when you think about the fact that humans, on average, spend about 90% of their days indoors. Here are some simple steps to take to decrease indoor air pollution and improve your health.
Have you ever looked at your car’s windows after an afternoon of sitting outside in the spring? It’s probably covered in yellow powder within minutes. That same window-covering pollen that gives you a chronic sniffly nose is the same pollen that lands on you as you spend time outdoors. Don’t bring it inside with you. Instead, keep floor mats outside of your home’s door to wipe off any pollen or dust that’s collected on your shoes. Also, be sure to regularly wash your bedding during allergy season to rid blankets of any allergens that may have settled there throughout the day.
Air it Out
Bacteria and mold that often cause chronic respiratory issues love to grow in damp areas with little sunlight. This makes your restroom its ideal home. Make sure you keep it properly ventilated and air conditioned.
Keep It Cool
During the hot, humid months, set your air conditioner to between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The relative humidity in your house should not exceed 50 percent. Most modern air conditioners dehumidify as they cool which will help prevent mold.
Replace, Replace, Replace
The whole purpose of your HVAC’s filters is to keep your home’s air as clean as possible. If it’s blocked with pollen and dust, your home will be too. Change your filters monthly, as well as have your HVAC serviced by a trained technician annually. A service professional can handle more complex maintenance, such as cleaning coils and checking that the condensation drains properly and that drain pains are free of mold. Simple precautions like these can prevent the cost of mold removal, as well as major repairs to your air conditioner.
Your home should be your oasis from stress, worry and, yes, things that make you sick. Let us keep your home cool and your body well. Call Chenal Heating & Air today.