How Indoor Air Quality Filters Help with Allergies
Do you find yourself sneezing, sniffling, and possibly even wheezing at your house, even though you’re not sick? While many people are quick to consider it “allergies;” there may be an underlying issue causing the symptoms; Dirty air. A filter can help to greatly reduce the pollutants in the air, making it possible for you to breathe easier. Keep reading to learn more about how air filters work and tips for keeping your air as clean as possible!
Controlling Indoor Allergens
The first step is recognizing the allergens that are plaguing your home; The most common sources for indoor allergens are pets, wall-to-wall carpets, soft furniture, stuffed toys, bedding, damp areas, mattresses, and pillows. A lot of the sources of allergens are likely things that can’t be totally removed from your home, but they can be thoroughly cleaned. As for pets, it’s best to get hypoallergenic animals, but if they’re already in the home, it can help to keep them off of the furniture and bedding that you use the most often.
The second step you can take is to control dust mites. In some areas of the U.S., 90% of allergic asthma cases are related to dust mites. Keeping your windows and doors shut to prevent pollen build-up will help control the number of indoor allergens that get into your home. Keep surfaces uncluttered and cleaned, use throw rugs that can be washed in a washing machine, and avoid heavy drapes and overstuffed furniture. Vacuuming as often as once or twice per week can also help to keep allergens low. Using airconditioning during the warmer months also helps to reduce humidity and the chance of mold.
Air Quality Filters
After taking these steps, it’s time to look into getting an air filter. The best way to improve your air quality is to minimize your exposure to the allergens, and then an air filter can sift out the rest of the airborne allergens that you cannot remove yourself. A high-quality air filter will not only remove the larger particles like dust, dirt, and lint but has the ability to remove microscopic allergens.
There are many other types of air filters that you can choose from. An electrostatic filter is a commonly used option to improve indoor air quality, which uses static electricity to attract particles like a magnet. This type of filter can remove a large range of particles, leaving you with cleaner air. A HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air, is a mechanical filter that can trap up to 99% of all airborne particles, including mold spores, tobacco smoke, bacteria, viruses, and beyond. No matter what type of filter you choose, you can be guaranteed that the air you’re breathing will be much cleaner than before.
Contact Al Terry Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Want to learn more about how air filters can benefit your home and your family? Get in contact with the experts at Al Terry today! We’re glad to provide residents of New Hampshire with air filters to keep your family breathing easy.