Dealing with Asthma and Allergy Triggers in Your Home
What you can’t see, can hurt you – especially if you or your family suffer from asthma or allergies. Dust, smoke, pet dander, lint, pollen and other asthma and allergy triggers can make your home an unhealthy place.
Particles in your air can include tree pollen, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites and pet dander. They are all potential triggers for asthma and allergy attacks. Dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns or less. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. Luckily, there are things you can do to improve the air quality of your home. Use these tips to help your friends and family breathe easy when they’re in your home.
6 ways to manage asthma and allergy triggers in your home
- Control dust mites: Use anti-dust mite covers and wash your sheets in hot water at least once a week.
- Stay smoke-free: Avoid non-ventilated, smoky rooms and second-hand smoke.
- Avoid pet dander: Keep pets off the furniture, out of the bedroom, and if necessary, consider taking the pet out of the home.
- Close doors and windows: Keeping windows and doors shut helps reduce the amount of outdoor pollens, allergens and irritants inside your home.
- Regularly change your air filters: Regularly changing out your home’s air filters helps reduce a number of problematic particles in your air.
- Install a whole-house air cleaner: A whole home air cleaning system can help remove airborne particles and allergens too small for your nose and mouth to filter naturally. They offer you an additional level of protection beyond air filters.
How do whole-home air cleaners work?
A whole-home air cleaner helps to filter and remove some of the smallest airborne particles and allergens. These can be ones that a regular air filter might miss. But how does it work?
First, the pre-filter traps the large particles your home circulates through your heating or cooling system. Next, it charges and collects smaller particles. Multiple small electrical fields, rather than a single charged metal wire or plate, allow for more airborne contaminants to be collected than in traditional electronic air cleaner systems. Finally, it collects the smallest particles. With each layer of collection elements only .08 inches apart, an air cleaner can trap particles down to .1 micron in size.
Additionally, you can reduce the allergens outside your home by planting allergy-friendly flowers in your garden.
Make your home a healthier, happier place by adding a few air quality tips to your cleaning routine. To learn more about improving the air quality in your home, contact an air-quality expert today.