With spring around the corner, you can almost hear the united groan from allergy sufferers foreseeing the usual problems. The winter respite is over. Outdoor triggers, such as pollen, will soon come to the surface and begin to irritate sinuses. If you suffer from allergies or know someone who does, you already know what this is like.
Improving indoor air quality can greatly improve the quality of life for a person with allergies, providing a refuge from the outdoors. Just how can you improve the indoor air quality of your home? Here are three specific points of action:
1. Mechanical ventilation is necessary for tightly sealed homes where there isn’t a lot of natural drafts or in homes where leaving the windows open to circulate fresh air intensifies allergies. Mechanical ventilation systems improve indoor air quality by using existing ductwork and fans to allow fresh air to circulate. This process gets the bad air, filled with allergens, moisture, and pollutants, out and the good air in.
2. Duct sealing and weather stripping helps homeowners living in older homes that contain a lot of natural drafts and leaks in areas like plumbing, lighting, or ductwork. These leaks often equal the same amount of air that can come in through an open window. This is not good news for someone with allergies. By sealing these cracks, the number of allergens from the outside are reduced. Indoor air quality improves.
3. Indoor air pollutants are just as culpable of triggering allergies as outdoor pollutants. Some of the indoor triggers include secondhand smoke, combustion (carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide) pollutants, VOCs, and mold. The best, most economical, ways to rid a home of these triggers is to go the source. Controlling pollutants at their source practically eliminates their presence. Running exhaust fans and air conditions can decrease mold. Changing air filters on a regular basis helps to catch irritants, adding filter scans can also help maintain air filters which are crucial to combatting allergens.
There is no reason to dread spring because of allergies. You can control indoor air quality through ventilation, sealing, and source control and retreat to your safe haven – allergy free.
Written by Phil Laprairie
Originally posted on blog.arpis.com