Some people believe that allergies simply go away in the winter months. Those who suffer from allergies know better. Allergens like pet dander and dust mites are often still abundant in winter. Mold, mildew and other biological triggers are common as well. That’s especially true in the balmy and muggy southern reaches of Louisiana. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce allergens in your home. These simple tips can help you manage your allergies no matter the weather.
Manage Your Indoor Air Quality
Air quality is one of the most essential factors in controlling allergies indoors. In fact, the air quality indoors can be up to five times worse than outdoor air. One way to address this problem is with an air cleaner system. These systems use advanced filtering technologies to clean dust, pet dander, pollen and other allergens from the air. The result is cleaner, more breathable air that’s less likely to trigger allergies.
Keep Your Filters Fresh
Even if you opt against a dedicated air filter, the filters in your HVAC system still require attention. These filters are essential for snatching up many of the airborne particulates that trigger allergic reactions. Make sure they’re working well by keeping them cleaned or replaced at least once every three months.
Consider a Humidifier
One of the most common problems with indoor air in winter is a lack of humidity. Your home should be between 40 and 60 percent relative humidity for maximum comfort and protection. Below that point, your nasal passages may dry out and leave you more vulnerable than usual to allergies. A humidifier is a great way to keep your home within a safe and pleasant humidity range no matter the weather outside.
Allergies are no fun any time of the year. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can help to make your Acadiana home an allergy-free zone. To find out more about how you can keep your winter allergies in check, explore Fontenot’s Air Conditioning & Heating’s indoor air quality services or call 337-706-9469.