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Top 3 Allergens Wreaking Havoc in Your Home, and How You Can Help

Posted by CleanAlert Blog Team on Jan 28, 2018 8:10:04 PM

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For those who suffer from indoor allergies, the colder months offer little relief from the sneezing, itching, and even more severe symptoms such as wheezing and respiratory infections. Understanding the source of these allergies and how to control them will ensure you stay healthier in your home, this season and year-round.

Here are the 3 most common allergens found in our homes, and how to help combat them:

1. Mold

mold.jpgBecause mold thrives in damp environments, it grows best in bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and unseen areas of the home such as a leaking pipe or roof. Once it grows on your surfaces, mold releases spores in the air, contributing to house dust and aggravating allergy and asthma symptoms.
 
How you can help:
  • Rather than carpeting, choose flooring that dries easily to help reduce moisture, and deter those with allergies from spending excess time in damper rooms.
  • Check for moisture in susceptible places, such as the foundation and windows, and clean affected surfaces often.

2. Dander

dander.jpgRather than hair, allergic reactions to your pet's dander is actually from dead skin cells, similar to our dandruff, as well as saliva and other bodily substances. Some breeds produce less dander than others, but there is no such thing as a completely dander-free breed.
 
How you can help:
 
  • Keep pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture as much as possible, and wash blankets and floors frequently.
  • Make sure your home has proper ventilation, and replace HVAC air filters regularly to keep up with the extra debris.

3. Dust Mites

iStock-508183628.jpgThe most common trigger for household allergies comes from tiny insects called dust mites. Feeding on human skin, they can survive anywhere, but prefer bedding and cloth materials such as carpeting. These pests don't bite, but dust mites and their waste can cause serious respiratory issues.
 
How you can help:
  • Use dust and allergy control encasings for bedding, and wash linens, rugs, and stuffed animals in hot water weekly.
  • Secure a HEPA filter for the bedroom and other rooms for those with allergies, and change HVAC filters regularly to keep mites from circulating.

To help make maintaining your family's health easier, CleanAlert brings you FILTERSCAN® Wifi, a device that monitors your HVAC system's air filter efficiency and alerts you as soon as the quality is compromised. With FILTERSCAN® Wifi, you'll always know when it's time to replace your HVAC's air filter, a simple step toward relieving your family's allergies at home.

Topics: Residential

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