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Tips for Combating Allergens In Your Home

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Title: Tips for Combating Allergens in Your Home

 

Seasonal allergies affect millions of people every year, particularly during spring and summer months. Poor air quality in your home can seriously affect your family’s health, and it’s important to take steps in keeping outside pollutants where they belong -- outside.

 

Hi, this is Ariano, with One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, here today with some simple tips that can help you gain control over the allergens in the air your breathe.

 

Before performing any maintenance on your air conditioning system, make sure you shut off the power to the system at the main breaker and at the condenser disconnect box. They are key components to healthy air in your home. It should be cool, clean and have proper humidity.

 

One major factor that contributes to the air quality in your home is the condensing unit. It’s a good idea to keep the area surrounding the condensing unit clean and free of surrounding debris.  

 

You can’t control the air outside of your home, but you can control the air inside your home. Simply replacing the air filter on a consistent basis will improve the air quality in your home. If you or any of your family members suffer from allergies, it’s recommended that you change or clean your air filter every 30 to 45 days.  

 

When removing the air filter, look for signs of moisture, mold and mildew. Use a flashlight to inspect hard-to-see areas. These particles are hard to remove, and can get into your home’s ductwork and then into your air. Contact your local One Hour professional if you see signs of mold or mildew damage. 

 

Next up: humidity. Humidity affects the way our bodies respond to a given temperature. In other words, at the same temperature, high humidity will generally make us feel warmer, and low humidity will make us feel cooler. A home should typically maintain 30 to 50 percent relative humidity. The most reliable do-it-yourself way to test your home’s temperature and relative humidity is to use a temperature and humidity meter, like a hydrometer or psychrometer. In today’s example, we will be using a hydrometer. 

 

You will want to follow manufacturer’s instructions to calibrate your hydrometer before use. Follow these steps to measure the humidity and temperature in your home. If you suspect a low or high humidity problem in a certain area of your home, start with that room. Otherwise, you can start with a room that your family spends a lot of time in, like the living room, family room or kitchen. Leave the hydrometer in place for at least two hours, allowing time for the instrument to acclimate to the room’s temperature. 

 

Should you discover that your home’s relative humidity is too high or too low, don’t worry. You have options to increase or decrease the humidity level in your home, such as a humidifier or dehumidifier. There are additional indoor air quality products worth exploring, such as electric air filters, programmable thermostats, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, UV lights and more. Contact your local One Hour center; your technician can recommend the right indoor air quality options to keep the air in your home clean. 

 

Identifying areas in your air system before they cause a problem will go a long way in keeping the air quality in your home fresh and enjoyable.

 

The quality of the air inside your home is a major concern, especially if any of your household members suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions. Fortunately, there are some simple and reliable steps you can take to make sure your home is protected against all the irritating airborne particles that lurk outdoors.