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How Indoor Air Quality Products Can Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Published on: November 1, 2019
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Indoor Air Quality Products and Allergies

No matter what season it is, indoor allergens can disrupt our health and wellbeing just as much as outdoor allergens. If you suffer from allergies, keeping your indoor air quality (IAQ) at a high level is absolutely essential. Although homeowners might do their best to keep pollutants from making their way indoors; most people have to rely on indoor air quality products to ensure their IAQ level is high. There are a few different ways to battle indoor air pollution, and we’ve included some of the most popular approaches below.

Residential Air Cleaners and Air Scrubbers

Whole-home air purifiers and portable air cleaners are among the most popular methods for reducing indoor allergens. There are a wide variety of approaches to air purification. You’ll find a number of products online, including ionic air purifiers, UV air treatment, HEPA air purifiers, just to name a few. Each approach has distinct benefits, though all promise to improve the IAQ in your home.

Furnace and HVAC Filters

Installing HEPA furnace filters and other high-quality air filters are other popular approaches to improving indoor air quality. These filters are an essential part of your HVAC system and they are often the first line of defense against indoor air pollutants. Be sure to clean and/or replace your air filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and consider upgrading to a better-quality air filter if yours isn’t doing the trick.

Ultra Violet Lights

Ultra violet lights kill microscopic living organism such as viruses and mold spores when these pass by the light source. These ultra violet lights help to sanitize the indoor air making it much healthier for those who suffer from allergies or have chronic health issues. These lights are also great for households with small children or elderly occupants as both of these tend to be more immunocompromised.

Dehumidifiers and Variable Speed HVAC Systems

Homes located in the Southeast United States all suffer from high humidity during the summer. This added with steam from showers, clothes dryers and more means your indoor air humidity could be at higher than recommended levels. If your indoor humidity is above 50% that means you are most likely growing mold and mildew in your home. Mold can cause musty odors and release harmful spores into your indoor air. These spores can cause serious health consequences. Adding a whole home dehumidifier or high efficiency variable speed HVAC system can remove this excess humidity.

 

Additional Indoor Air Quality Products

Other than air cleaners and air filters, there are non-HVAC related ways to improve your home’s IAQ. For instance, vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are a good way to keep your floors clean and filter out indoor air pollutants. Finally, indoor plants such as Boston ferns and golden pathos are known to improve indoor air quality.

There are countless pollutants that can negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality, but by incorporating even one or two of these approaches, you’ll see an improvement in your IAQ in no time. Let us help you find a professional near you.