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Spring Allergies? Clear the Air!

Woman with allergy symptom blowing noseCheck out these top seven steps for cleaner air in your home – and a happier, healthier spring.

Nobody likes allergies, but spring is almost here – and so are the sniffles and sneezes that often come along with it. Of course, you can’t do anything about what Mother Nature has in store, but you can take steps to improve and control the air quality inside your home.

As you start thinking about spring cleaning and home improvements, consider taking these seven steps for better air (and happier friends and family).

Clean those ducts. Did you know that, according to the Environment Protection Agency, your indoor air quality can be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally over 100 times – more polluted than outdoor air? That’s because dirt, dust, mold, pollen, and animal dander are re-circulated through our air ducts every time you turn on your heater or air conditioner. And when there’s any moisture or humidity involved, you have an ideal breeding ground for fungi, germs, and household mold. You should have your air ducts cleaned professionally every 3-5 years.

Add some UV light. Ultraviolet (UV) air purifiers remove harmful elements in the air, like airborne germs, bacteria and mold. On top of that, they are very low maintenance – you only have to worry about replacing bulbs once a year or so, according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Steam it up. For cleaning carpets and furniture, use a vapor steam cleaner. It provides a chemical-free (and safe) cleaning solution, while killing bacteria, mold and dust mites.

Breathe some fresh air. When temperatures allow, open up those windows and let the outdoor air inside. Not only does it help clear out all those musty, winter odors, the air from outdoors is typically cleaner than indoor air, and can help you feel refreshed and energized.

Change those sheets. Bedding and sheets are magnets for pollen, dust and other allergens – anything that’s in the air or on your clothes, hair and skin. These elements can cause respiratory issues while you’re trying to get some shut-eye. Clean bedding once or twice a week (especially if you have pets).

Install a dehumidifier. Whether it’s a dehumidifier for the entire house or a portable unit, this is a great way to remove excess moisture, which contributes to mold, virus and bacteria growth.

Change your filter. As always, make sure your air condition system’s filter is clean and regularly changed.

It is always our goal to help you maintain a comfortable and healthy home environment for your family and friends. We are happy to answer any questions you have about duct cleaning, UV air purifiers, air filtration systems and more. Give us a call at (317) 585-8981, and we’ll help you find clean air solutions right away.