If you thought allergies weren’t a year-round topic, think again. Although pollen allergies often decrease during winter, you won’t get any relief from many other indoor allergens. Here are three winter allergens to watch out for in Newberry, Florida, as well as information about what you can do about them.
Molds and Mildew
Molds and mildew can be found inside and outside the home and make you sick — even during winter. If your home sustains any water damage, whether from hurricanes and flooding or roofing and plumbing issues, molds can thrive. You may also find mold or mildew lurking in poorly ventilated bathrooms, damp basements, improperly stored holiday decorations, and live Christmas trees.
To prevent mold growth, make sure your home maintains a humidity level below 50 percent. A UV lamp can keep your HVAC system mold-free, while a whole-home dehumidifier reduces the humidity throughout your entire home. Note too, that a humidity level below 30 percent can lead to problems with dry air.
For those who suffer from pet allergies, winter can make matters worse if your pet spends more time indoors than usual during this season. Vacuuming more often may help, but keep in mind that most people with pet allergies are allergic to the protein found in pet dander, saliva, and urine. With that in mind, consider upgrading to a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will trap smaller particles in addition to picking up fur.
Dust mites are another ever-present indoor pollutant. You can minimize their presence, however, by washing your bedding once a week and dusting, sweeping and mopping regularly. For even better protection, add a whole-home air purifier to your HVAC system. Check any filters in your home (on vacuums, dehumidifiers, your HVAC system, etc.) often and change them as needed so that these devices function at their best.
If your family suffers from winter allergies, you may need professional help to improve your indoor air quality. Bounds Heating & Air can help you to find the best solutions for your home, so give us a call today at 352-472-2761 to schedule an appointment or to learn more.
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