Pollen counts are high now but due to an unusually warm winter, there is also more mold and mold spores in the air. Molds that are usually killed off or remain dormant during the winter are producing spores earlier this year because the weather was not cold enough to kill many of them off. If your allergies are acting up earlier than usual, you’re not alone. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your allergy-related misery:
- Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count – another plus for allergy-sufferers.
- Prevent mold and mildew build up inside the home. Pay close attention to mold in bathrooms, basements and laundry areas. Be aggressive about reducing dampness.
- The duct work in your AC system may be harboring mold that you can’t see but is increasing your allergy symptoms. Have your duct work checked once a year.
- Use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter. This can help trap mold spores from your entire home. Our 5″ filters create a tight seal that traps more dust and mold than the standard 1″ filters from the hardware store. Freestanding air cleaners only filter air in a limited area. Avoid devices that treat air with heat, electrostatic ions or ozone.
- Make sure all doors and windows are tightly sealed. Pollen and mold can easily enter your home through very tiny gaps around doors and windows.
The best way to ensure your home is not part of your allergy problem is to arrange regular checkups of your AC system, duct work and filtration. Air One can help you improve your indoor air quality while extending the life of your expensive AC system. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.