Seasonal allergies can take the joy out of seasonal transitions in southwest Oklahoma. If you sniffle and scratch your way through fall due to allergies, take some steps to reduce the number of allergens in your home and make it a safe haven this year. A three-pronged approach to improving your indoor air quality involves source control, ventilation and air cleaning.
Source Control: Keep Allergens Out
Preventing allergens from entering your home is the best way to improve your overall indoor air quality.
- Thoroughly wipe or remove your shoes at the door to keep from tracking in pollen, chemicals and other allergens they pick up outside.
- Wipe down your pets’ fur and paws when they come in from outside to remove allergens picked up while rolling around in the grass.
- Use nontoxic household cleaners to keep chemical pollutants to a minimum.
Ventilation: Exchange Dirty Air With Clean Air
The air in your home is five times dirtier than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air is a good way to remove allergens from your home.
- Turn on the bathroom vent while you shower and the kitchen vent while you cook to remove moisture and chemicals and prevent mold growth.
- Consider installing a mechanical ventilator, which transfers energy and/or humidity from outgoing air to the incoming air for better efficiency and comfort.
Air Cleaning: Trap and Remove Allergenic Particles
Removing allergens in your home’s air is a job for an air cleaner, which traps particles through filtration or electronic precipitation, which charges particles and causes them to collect on a special plate or fall through the air and land on surfaces that can then be removed with an electrostatic cloth.
- Install a portable air cleaner in the bedroom to help you breathe easier at night.
- Consider installing a whole-house air filter in the duct system to trap particles from the air that moves through.
For more expert tips on improving your indoor air quality, please feel free to contact us at Davis Air Conditioning, proudly serving southwest Oklahoma.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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