Fall has finally reached the Sonoran Desert, and with it comes relief from the summer heat. Unfortunately, it also brings an unwanted companion: allergies. While the fall allergy season is typically less severe in Arizona than the spring season, this year is expected to be worse than usual as a result of above average temperatures and rainfall this past summer. In fact, in a recent report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Phoenix ranked #75 on a list of the 100 most challenging cities to live with fall allergies1. This is up from its rank as #91 just one year ago. You may think of allergens terrorizing you when you are outdoors, but unfortunately they may be among the millions air particles circulating inside your home. Luckily, your trusted Scottsdale heating specialists have put together 3 easy tips for alleviating symptoms in your home.
- Install Indoor Air Quality Solutions: Of course the best way to prevent a reaction is to remove the allergens themselves. Humidity plays a major role in your indoor air quality, as dry air fosters dust and overly humid air fosters the growth of mold. A whole-home humidifier can easily be attached to your HVAC system to ensure that levels are just right. Additionally, air purifiers are ideal for capturing and killing particles including allergens, viruses, bacteria, and pet dander. Choosing a system with a high efficiency filter will lead to better results. Click here for more information on air purifier filter efficiency.
- Have Duct System Cleaned: While you may not realize it, years and years of airborne particulates and dust have accumulated in your duct system. When you use your heating and cooling system, these particles are spread through the home via your vents. An HVAC professional can easily clean these ducts and inform you of other problems, including mold. If necessary, a UV lamp can be implemented to kill mold spores and prevent further circulation.
- Dust & Vacuum Frequently: Keeping your space clean is another simple way to reduce the spread of allergens and relive your symptoms. Allowing dust to sit on your indoor surfaces or lurk in your carpets can irritate your symptoms quite easily. Dusting and vacuuming regularly, once or twice a week, will help to remove them. Some vacuums even implement HEPA filtration technologies to kill irritating airborne particles. Be sure to wear a protective mask while performing these tasks to avoid a severe reaction.
The fall allergy season is expected to reach into the month of November, leaving you with weeks more of suffering from coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose. Take action now to feel the relief as we move into the Mesa heating season and enjoy the rest of fall with optimum indoor comfort. Call the Plumbing & A/C Medic today for more information on duct cleaning services or Trane indoor air quality products and installation!