Ponder these numbers for a moment: More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies. The total cost is an estimated $18 billion every year. This brings us to the importance of reducing dust in your Columbus, OH home. Fire & Ice Heating & Cooling can help with strategies you can use and also a full line of seasonal indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions.
This is a leading cause of indoor allergies, a condition where the dust causes an allergic reaction. Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes. One of the primary causes is dust mites. Mold, pollen, and pet hair can also trigger indoor allergies. Let's look for ways to reduce the dust in your home, especially during this, the home heating season when your house is closed tightly to keep the cold out.
- Keep the house clean - This doesn't have to rise to the level of being a neat freak or developing a phobia, but weekly cleaning is essential to reduce dust allergies. Vacuuming, dusting, and sanitizing the kitchen is a great start. Work hard to reduce clutter because it's just another place for dust to settle. Wash or change bedding weekly to get rid of dust mites and dust particles.
- Keep the dust out - This is the best preventive measure when it comes to reducing dust in the home. One way is to remove your shoes whenever you come in from the outside. Use floor mats at entryways to encourage guests to take their shoes off. The mats also trap dirt and debris. If you feel like your home has an insect infiltration, say cockroaches, hire an exterminator for pest control.
- Change HVAC filters - Have you heard us say this before? Only about a thousand times. The filters are there to remove dust, grime, and debris from the air before it's spread around your home. A dirty or clogged air filter will make your indoor air quality worse.
- Duct cleaning - Professional cleaning of your ductwork will keep the air in your home cleaner and reduce allergens. Dust mites and dirt build up inside your ducts over time along with other irritants like mold spores, pollen, and more.
- HVAC maintenance - This is essential to keep your HVAC unit working efficiently and improves air quality. A big part of preventive maintenance includes cleaning your HVAC systems to keep the dirt and grime from affecting your seasonal indoor air quality.
Attack the problem aggressively
In some Columbus, OH homes, especially for people with severe allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems, a more aggressive attack may be necessary. Fire & Ice features one of the top air quality products in the industry.
Aprilaire Whole-House Media Filter
Aprilaire air purifiers trap damaging particles common in most homes to reduce mold, bacteria, pollen, asthma, and allergy triggers, pet dander, and viruses. Unlike air purifiers that only work when your heating and cooling system is running, Event-Based Air Cleaning from Aprilaire lets you call the shots. You control when and how the air purifier works based on day-to-day events, conditions, and activities.
Don't underestimate the risk
Poor seasonal indoor air quality is considered a leading public health risk by the EPA. Call Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning to discuss the options. Working together is the best way to make your Columbus, OH home as safe and healthy as it can be. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more great information.