How to Effectively Fight Spring Allergens in Your Home 

If you’re an Ohio resident, you know that the arrival of warmer days also means the start of allergy season. Ohio’s diverse climate and landscape create a mix of irritants that can trigger hay fever and other allergies. But don’t worry, you’re not alone in this battle! Many Ohioans face seasonal allergies, and Beavercreek Heating & Cooling is here to help! We have some tips and tricks to fortify your home and personal space against pollen, dust, and other triggers. Give us a call, and we’ll provide the expertise and solutions you need to tackle these inconvenient allergens.

Do You Know About Hay Fever?

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

Do You Know About Ohio’s Allergen Landscape?

Fun fact: The 1st day of spring this year is on March 19th!

Understanding the culprits is the first step in developing your defense against them. Ohio’s allergy season primarily occurs in spring and fall due to the extensive pollination of ragweed, trees, and grasses. During these times, airborne pollen levels can be high. Additionally, Ohio’s unique geography, including lakes, rivers, and vast farmlands, creates a combination of environmental factors that can exacerbate allergies. From mold spores in the damp Ohio River Valley to dust and grime dispersed by the wind in flat farming areas, various elements can contribute to allergic reactions in the state.

Do You Know How to Combat Allergens with Home Solutions?

Here are some practical household tips that can effectively reduce indoor allergen triggers:

1. Showering: For individuals with severe allergies, it is advisable to promptly shower after spending a prolonged duration outdoors. Cleansing your body of any pollen or particles as soon as possible is a prudent measure to minimize the likelihood of allergens being brought inside your home and further triggering your symptoms.

2. Dusting: Establish and adhere to a weekly dusting schedule utilizing a damp cloth or a microfiber duster that effectively removes dust instead of just redistributing it. Remember to address hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fan blades and shelves.

3. Vacuuming: To effectively capture and contain minuscule particles, it is recommended to utilize a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. It is advisable to vacuum areas with high foot traffic at least twice a week. Additionally, do not forget to vacuum upholstered furniture.

4. Curtains and Drapes: These areas can become breeding grounds for dust and dander. It is important to regularly clean or vacuum curtains and drapes every few months. Allowing sunlight in can also help eliminate any moisture.

5. Bedding: Regular washing of bedding, blankets, and bed sheets is essential for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. It’s important to prioritize this task to ensure a fresh and comfortable sleeping environment.

6. Air Filters: Maintaining a clean and efficient HVAC system is vital for managing indoor air quality (IAQ). High-efficiency air filters serve as a crucial first line of defense. Make it a habit to change them as recommended, usually every 30 to 60 days, especially during periods of heavy use.

Did you know that Hay Fever affects 1 in 5 people at least once in their lifetime?

Do You Know How to Combat Allergens with Professional Solutions?

In some cases, standard home remedies may not suffice, especially for individuals with severe allergies or respiratory issues or those residing in heavily polluted areas. You may need to consider professional-grade solutions and services to ensure your home remains a safe haven with optimal indoor air quality. Check out these professional solutions:

· A Professional Ductwork Cleaning – Duct cleanings are an excellent option for reducing allergens and eliminating dust and other contaminants in your home. They can also be particularly beneficial in humid environments. Mold spores released into the air can circulate throughout your home, affecting indoor air quality (IAQ). A duct cleaning can effectively eliminate and prevent the dispersion of mold spores and other unwanted airborne contaminants. Professional duct cleanings are typically recommended every 3-5 years to ensure optimal results.

· A Whole-Home Purifier (The iWave) – The iWave air purifier is an advanced whole-home purification system that seamlessly integrates with your HVAC system. It utilizes a state-of-the-art, needle-point bi-polar ionization generator designed to capture and eliminate allergens, pathogens, and pollutants from the air in your home. It also helps eradicate unpleasant odors, reduce dust buildup, and improve overall air quality. Additionally, it can even extend the lifespan of your HVAC system. The iWave is a low-maintenance and silent solution that works in harmony with your existing HVAC system, ensuring that every room benefits from clean and pure air.

· A Whole-Home Dehumidifier – Mold thrives in damp and warm environments, which are commonly found in Ohio’s summers and river valleys. To combat this issue, a dehumidifier can be a valuable investment. Not only does it reduce moisture, but it also improves air quality by maintaining low humidity levels. Moreover, a whole-home dehumidifier can effectively minimize musty odors. Consider opting for a whole-home dehumidifier that covers the square footage of your home’s most frequently used areas to enhance your home’s IAQ. Our team of experts is ready to assist you in making the best choice for your home.

· A Smart Thermostat – Having a smart thermostat can greatly enhance your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). These advanced devices can monitor humidity levels and alert you when they reach a point that requires attention. Additionally, smart thermostats can notify you when it’s time to change your HVAC air filter. This convenient reminder is especially valuable in the midst of a busy daily routine.

If you’re interested in incorporating any of these beneficial components into your home or scheduling a ductwork cleaning service, we’re here to assist you! Our team is dedicated to helping you improve the air quality in your own home. You can take charge of your indoor air quality. You have the ability to control your indoor environment. Remember, achieving a breathable, allergen-free home is attainable, and it all begins with understanding, identifying, and effectively combating these microscopic intruders.

Call Beavercreek Heating & Cooling today at (937) 708-8527, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Give us a call, and we’ll be more than happy to guide you on your journey to breathing easier at home!