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Take Control Over Home Air Quality for Allergy Season
When your allergies are acting up, you can reach for an over-the-counter solution that offers you temporary relief. But if you really want better health for your home and your family members, it’s important to start from the source. That means paying special attention to where the allergens in the air come from and what you can do to keep them out. We have some suggestions for whole-house approaches to indoor air quality that can help you and your family members find relief from the worst allergy symptoms, and we offer some advice to keep allergens out of the home moving forward. Call our team for more information on indoor air quality in Oak Grove, MN.
Your Indoor Air Quality System Options
We always recommend choosing a whole-home indoor air quality system over one that you simply plug into the wall. These use up a lot of extra energy, first of all, and they can only provide air filtration for the direct area. When it comes to your health and your family’s health, it’s worth it to invest in something bigger and better. There are several options for whole-house air filtration and air purification, and we’ll go over some broad categories below. To learn more about brand names and different models, call a local heating and air conditioning technician.
Air Filtration System – The standard air filter simply does not cut it when it comes to your health. It’s important to change the filter every month or two, but that is mainly so that dirt and debris don’t clog up the system. A furnace filter is only a preliminary filter, while the smallest allergens require larger media filtration systems designed to stop things like mold spores, pet dander, and pollen.
Electronic Air Purifiers – Sometimes, we run into trouble with air filtration systems because they can be too In other words, the media is so good at blocking particles that it also keeps air from flowing through the system. An electronic air purifier uses ionization to charge particles rather than trap them, so they become attracted to a surface of the opposite charge and taken out of the air.
UV Light Air Purifier – Another type of air purifier uses UV (ultraviolet) light to kill off microorganisms, tiny living things like bacteria and viruses that multiply and make you sick. Ultraviolet light is extremely harmful to them (but not to you) sterilizing the microorganisms so they cannot reproduce.
Other Ways to Control Particles
There are some other ways to take control over what enters your home in the first place. We recommend setting a few ground rules so that your family members understand how dust and debris gets into the home in the first place. This may include:
Leaving shoes near the entryway before you walk on the carpet.
Removing outerwear when you step inside.
Changing clothing to lounge around (especially after outdoor activities).
Following a chore chart to make sure the home stays clean.
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