Poor indoor air quality can cause allergic reactions year round. However, these symptoms often worsen during the spring, when allergy season really kicks in. Higher quantities and variations of allergens can really take the “spring out of your step” and the fun out of the season. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and your health. And not only during the spring, but all year round.Use a high-quality air filter or purifier. While many allergens collect on surfaces of your home, the way they get there is by wafting through the air. The majority of allergic respiratory symptoms are caused by airborne particles, some of which don’t settle. Filtering the air with a HEPA filter — a High Efficiency Particle Air filter — can improve your indoor air quality by removing more than 99 percent of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. This includes spring allergens such as spores, pollen, dust, pet dander and more.
Use a dehumidifier. Portland-area homes may experience high levels of humidity, which creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, collecting it in a tank or pumping it outdoors. Whole-house models attach to your HVAC system while small, portable units take care of particularly troublesome moist spots.
Use the right vacuum. If your vacuum isn’t actually capturing settled particles like dust, dirt and allergens, but simply stirring them up, then your indoor air quality may actually be worse after you vacuum than before. Use a model with a HEPA filter installed, which can trap these particles, and be sure to empty the container outside your home, or you may undo all the hard work the HEPA filter just did.
Disinfect and deodorize your home with a vapor steam cleaner. Pure steam is a natural, non-toxic disinfectant, and can remove allergens and kill bacteria, mold and dust mites on a variety of household surfaces, such as windows, carpets, counters and upholstery.
To learn more about equipment that can improve your indoor air quality, call Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical at (503) 994-9924. We’re happy to help!