How to Effectively Fight Spring Allergens in Your Home 

Mar 1, 2024 | Allergens, Air Purifier, Airborne, Allergies, Control, Dehumifier, Duct Cleaning, Environment, Ohio, Particles, Pollen, Practical, Smart Thermostat, Spring, Trigger, Whole-home

If you’re an Ohio resident, you know that the coming warmer days also bring the dreaded allergy season. Ohio’s diverse climate and landscape contribute to a mix of airborne irritants that can trigger hay fever and other allergy-related issues. Don’t worry; you’re not alone in the battle against these inconvenient allergens. Many Ohioans face the same seasonal allergies. That’s why Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air is here to provide expert tips and tricks to help fortify your home and personal space against pollen, dust, and other triggers.

The Symptoms of Hay Fever

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, causes symptoms similar to the common cold. However, these symptoms are not caused by a virus but rather triggered by an allergic response to indoor or outdoor allergens. The following are the symptoms:

1. Runny and/or stuffy nose

2. Watery eyes

3. Itchy nose, mouth, or/and throat

4. Sneezing

5. Coughing and/or puffy and swollen eyelids

Familiarize Yourself with the Ohio Allergen Landscape

Understanding the culprits is the first step towards developing your defense against them. Ohio experiences peak allergy seasons during spring and fall due to the high levels of ragweed, tree, and grass pollen. During these times, there is a significant presence of airborne pollens. Additionally, Ohio’s unique geography, including lakes, rivers, and extensive farmlands, contributes to a mix of environmental factors that can worsen allergies. For instance, mold spores in the damp Ohio River Valley and the dust and grime dispersed by the wind in flat farming areas.

Combat Allergens Using Effective Home Solutions

Here are some practical methods you can use in your home to minimize the negative impact of allergens in your home:

1. Dusting: Establish and adhere to a weekly dusting schedule utilizing a damp cloth or a microfiber duster that effectively eliminates dust. Remember to address hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fan blades and shelves.

2. Vacuuming: To effectively capture and eliminate tiny particles, it is recommended to utilize a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. To maintain cleanliness, you should make it a point to vacuum high-traffic areas at least twice a week. Additionally, it is important to remember to vacuum upholstered furniture as well.

3. Curtains and Drapes: These areas can become breeding grounds for dust and dander. It’s important to regularly clean or vacuum curtains and drapes every few months. Also, allowing sunlight to enter can help eliminate dampness.

4. Washing: Regular washing of all bedding, blankets, and bed sheets is essential. It is important to maintain cleanliness and hygiene by regularly washing these items.

5. Air Filters: Maintaining a clean and efficient HVAC system is crucial for managing indoor air quality (IAQ). High-efficiency air filters serve as your first line of defense. So, please remember to change them every 30 to 60 days, especially during periods of heavy use.

6. Showering: If you have severe allergies, it’s not a bad idea to take a shower immediately after spending a prolonged time outdoors. Washing away any pollen or particles from your body as soon as possible can help reduce the chances of allergens being brought indoors and triggering further reactions.

Interesting Fact: Mark your calendars because the first day of spring in 2024 falls on March 19th.

Combat Allergens Using Effective Professional Solutions

For those experiencing severe allergies, respiratory issues, or living in heavily polluted areas, standard home remedies may not always suffice.; you can also consider professional-grade solutions to ensure your home provides a safe haven with optimal indoor air quality. Embracing modern technology can be your key to achieving an allergen-free home. Our professional services and smart devices offer convenient and effective air purification solutions. Here are a few noteworthy options:

· Duct Cleaning – Duct cleanings are an excellent choice for reducing allergens and dust in your home. By removing dormant contaminants, this service can greatly improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), especially in humid environments. Mold spores, when released into the air, can infiltrate your home and negatively affect your IAQ. A professional duct cleaning can effectively eliminate and prevent the dispersion of mold spores and other unwanted airborne contaminants. While you don’t need to have your ductwork cleaned frequently, a general rule of thumb is every 3-5 years.

· The iWave – The iWave air purifier is an advanced whole-home purification system that seamlessly integrates with your HVAC system. It utilizes a cutting-edge needle-point bi-polar ionization generator specifically designed to capture and eliminate allergens, pathogens, and pollutants from the air in your home. Additionally, it effectively eliminates unpleasant odors, reduces dust buildup, and improves overall air quality, promoting a healthier living environment. Moreover, this low-maintenance and silent solution works in perfect harmony with your existing HVAC system, ensuring every room benefits from pure and clean air. With the iWave air purifier, you can experience the expertise and confidence of a company committed to providing top-notch home services.

· A Whole-home Dehumidifier – Mold flourishes in damp, warm environments, which can be found in Ohio’s summers and river valleys. A dehumidifier is an effective solution to reduce moisture and enhance air quality by maintaining low humidity levels. Moreover, a whole-home dehumidifier can also help eliminate musty odors. Investing in a whole-home dehumidifier that covers the square footage of your home’s most frequently used areas is a wise choice to improve your home’s IAQ.

· A Smart Thermostat – Having a smart thermostat can greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). These advanced devices can monitor humidity levels and alert you when attention is needed. Additionally, they can notify you when it’s time to change your HVAC air filter. What a helpful reminder to have in the midst of our busy lives!

If you’re interested in incorporating any of these beneficial components into your home or scheduling a ductwork cleaning service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are more than happy to assist you on your journey to achieving better indoor air quality within the comfort of your own home.

Take charge of your indoor air quality with these practical tips. You have the power to control your indoor environment. As we conclude our exploration of home allergens, our aim is to equip readers with knowledge and practical solutions. Remember, achieving a breathable, allergen-free home is attainable, and it all begins with understanding, identifying, and effectively combating these microscopic intruders.

Breathe easy with Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air. Call us today at (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!