How to Effectively Fight Spring Allergens in Your Home 

Mar 1, 2024 | Allergens, Air Purifier, Airborne, Allergies, Control, Dehumidifier, Duct Cleaning, Environment, Ohio, Particles, Pollen, Practical, Smart Thermostat, Spring, Trigger, Whole-home

As allergy season approaches, many Ohio residents brace themselves for the discomfort it brings. With Ohio’s diverse climate and landscape, a mix of airborne irritants can trigger hay fever and other allergy-related woes. If you’re battling these inconvenient allergens, remember that you’re not alone! Countless Ohioans face seasonally induced allergies. Today, let Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton share some tips and tricks to help fortify your home and personal space against pollen, dust, and other triggers. We can help you turn your home into a haven where you don’t have to worry about sneezing with every breath you take!

What Exactly Is Hay Fever?

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, shares similarities with the common cold. However, it is not caused by a virus but rather triggered by exposure to indoor or outdoor allergens, resulting in an allergic response. The following symptoms may occur:

1. Runny and/or stuffy nose

2. Watery eyes

3. Itchy nose, mouth, or/and throat

4. Sneezing

5. Coughing and/or puffy and swollen eyelids

What Should You Know About the Ohio Allergen Landscape?

Understanding the culprits is the first step in defending against them. In Ohio, allergy season mainly occurs in the spring and fall when ragweed, trees, and grasses release high amounts of pollen into the air. These times can lead to a significant presence of airborne pollens. Additionally, Ohio’s unique geography, including lakes, rivers, and extensive farmlands, creates a combination of environmental factors that can exacerbate allergies. From mold spores in the damp Ohio River Valley to the dust and grime dispersed by the wind in flat farming areas, there are various elements that can trigger allergies in the state.

Fun Fact: March 19th is the first day of spring in 2024!

How Can You Combat Common Allergens with Home Solutions?

Indoor allergens can be just as potent as outdoor triggers, even though it’s easy to attribute watery eyes and itchy throats to fields and forests. Pet dander, dust mites, and mold thrive within homes, contributing to year-round allergies. Areas like your bedroom, living room, and kitchen can serve as hotspots for collecting these irritants. Here are some simple yet effective household tips to minimize indoor triggers.

1. Dust: To maintain a clean and dust-free home, it is recommended to establish a weekly dusting schedule. Use a damp cloth or a microfiber duster that effectively captures dust instead of just moving it around. Don’t forget to pay attention to hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fan blades and shelves. By following these steps, you can ensure a thorough and efficient dusting routine.

2. Vacuum and Sweep: To effectively capture and contain minuscule particles, it is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Vacuum high-traffic areas at least twice a week, and don’t forget to vacuum upholstered furniture as well.

3. Wash Curtains and Drapes: These areas can become breeding grounds for dust and allergens. Curtains and drapes should be washed regularly every few months and make sure to allow sunlight to enter the space to reduce dampness.

4. Wash All Bedding: Regular washing of all the bedding in your house including blankets, and bed sheets is essential.

5. Change Air Filters: Maintaining a clean and efficient HVAC system is crucial for managing indoor air quality (IAQ). High-efficiency air filters serve as your first line of defense. It is recommended to change them every 30 to 60 days during periods of heavy use.

6. Shower After Going Outside: If your allergies are severe, it is advisable to take a shower immediately after spending a prolonged period outdoors. Washing away any pollen or particles from your body as soon as possible can help reduce the likelihood of allergens being brought indoors and triggering further reactions.

Did you know that Hay Fever affects 1 in 5 people at least once in their lives?

How Can You Combat Common Allergens with Professional Solutions?

Embracing modern technology can be the key to achieving an allergen-free home. We offer professional services and smart devices that provide convenient and high-performance air purification. Let me highlight a couple of options for you:

· Duct Cleaning – Duct cleanings are an excellent option for reducing allergens and dust in your home. They can also help with high-humidity environments. Mold spores can circulate throughout your home and compromise indoor air quality. By getting a duct cleaning, you can eliminate and prevent the dispersion of mold spores and other unwanted contaminants in the air. Professional duct cleanings are typically recommended every 3-5 years. It’s a smart investment to ensure a healthier home environment.

· The iWave – The iWave air purifier is an advanced whole-home purification system that seamlessly integrates with your HVAC system. It utilizes a cutting-edge, needle-point bi-polar ionization generator to effectively capture and eliminate allergens, pathogens, and pollutants from the air in your home. Additionally, it helps eliminate unpleasant odors, reduces dust accumulation, and promotes overall healthier air quality. With its low-maintenance and silent operation, the iWave ensures that every room in your home benefits from pure air. Experience the difference with the iWave air purifier, a trusted solution backed by our expertise in the HVAC industry.

· A Whole-home Dehumidifier – Mold thrives in damp and warm environments, such as the summers and river valleys of Ohio. To address this issue and improve air quality, a dehumidifier can play a crucial role by reducing moisture and keeping humidity levels low. Consider investing in a whole-home dehumidifier that covers the square footage of your home’s most inhabited areas. This will not only help decrease musty odors but also contribute to maintaining a healthy indoor environment.

· A Smart Thermostat – Having a smart thermostat can greatly enhance your home’s IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). These advanced devices can monitor humidity levels and alert you if they reach a point that requires attention. Additionally, smart thermostats can notify you when it’s time to change your HVAC air filter. This is an invaluable reminder to have amidst the daily hustle and bustle of life!

If you’re interested in incorporating any of these beneficial components into your home or scheduling a duct cleaning service, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to assist you on your journey to experiencing improved air quality and comfort within your own home.

Take charge of your indoor air quality with these practical tips. You have the power to control your indoor environment. As we conclude our exploration of home allergens, our aim is to equip readers with knowledge and effective solutions. Remember, achieving a breathable, allergen-free home is within your reach. It all begins with understanding, identifying, and effectively combating these microscopic intruders.

Breathe easier with Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton. You can call us at (937) 708-8278, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!