Fall allergies can be miserable for many. Outside allergens can cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and a runny nose. But did you know that things inside your home can also exacerbate fall allergies? Dust mites, in particular, can really ramp up allergy symptoms and even affect those with respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. So even though pollen may be outside, running inside to stay away could cause even more problems. If this is you, improving your air quality inside your home can go a long way in eliminating your fall allergies. Here are some ways to reduce poor air quality and dust mites inside the home.
Invest in a Whole-Home Dehumidifier
Dust mites like humidity. High humidity inside the home is a breeding ground for dust mites. When fall hits and air conditioners are turned off, humidity inside the home rises, leading to more dust mites and more allergy symptoms. A whole-home dehumidifier will control the humidity inside your home to keep humidity levels at a recommended 30 to 50 percent. This won’t kill all the dust mites but it will drastically reduce their numbers for a cleaner, healthier air quality that will reduce sinus problems, decrease respiratory issues, and even protect your wood surfaces from warping.
Another unique way to address dust mites in the home is to look into ultraviolet germicidal lights. While this may not be something you have heard of, it can be an extremely effective method to better your air quality inside the home. This special type of UV lights utilize safe UV rays to kill airborne contaminants like dust mites and germs. They are so effective that they can decrease airborne bioaerosols by a whopping 50% in only 45 minutes. It’s a great way to keep germs and pollutants from getting inside your HVAC system and circulating inside your home.
Use HEPA Filters
HEPA filters, or High Energy Particulate Air filters, are specialized air filters that are designed to cut down on contaminants in the air by 99.97%. HEPA filters are so efficient at keeping out unwanted pollutants such as pollen or dust mites that hospitals and labs invest in these types of filters. Eliminating the majority of contaminants means higher air quality inside the home so that you can breathe clean air all autumn long.
There are enough pollutants outside the home to affect your seasonal allergies. Don’t add to your misery with pollutants inside the home as well. Take these steps to get rid of dust mites and other contaminants so that your home can be a comfortable space. Do you have questions or concerns? Comfort Experts can help. Ask our experts how they can improve the air quality inside your home for cleaner air. Find out what products are available to reduce indoor pollutants and decrease miserable allergy symptoms for you this fall season. Give us a call today!