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Winter Allergies — What They Are and How They Impact Indoor Air Quality

December 4, 2014 | Blog

Anyone who suffers from allergy symptoms knows that allergies don’t just strike during the summer months. Winter allergies bring their own set of challenges, from mold and dust mites to Christmas trees and pollinating winter plants. Here’s how you can beat winter allergies in your home.

Reducing Exposure

Minimizing your contact with winter allergy triggers will go a long way toward improving the air quality in your home and reducing allergy symptoms. This involves maintaining a clean house as well as keeping the amount of allergens you allow inside under control.

  • Clean carpets with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum to reduce dust mites and pet allergens.
  • Keep your indoor humidity level between 30 and 40 percent.
  • Take your shoes off whenever you enter the house. If you have pets that go outside, brush them off before they come back in.
  • Wash linens, sheets and pajamas in hot water (at least 130 degrees) to kill dust mites.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Spray your Christmas tree with a garden hose before you bring it inside.

The HVAC Connection

Your HVAC system plays a large role in regulating indoor air quality, and you can use it to your advantage this winter, keeping your home nice and warm, and cleaning your air at the same time.

  • Change the air filter in your furnace once a month, or whenever it gets dirty. A clean filter does a much better job removing irritating particles from the air.
  • Consider switching to pleated or HEPA filters, which are much more efficient than the cheap fiberglass filters used in many homes. You can use MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) ratings on the filter packaging to select better filters. Filters with higher MERV ratings can catch more and smaller particles.
  • Have your heating system cleaned and serviced once a year to eliminate dust and other debris that may accumulate in your furnace and air ducts.

To learn more about how you can beat winter allergy symptoms, contact CCAC today. Our trained technicians have been providing expert service throughout Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area since 1979.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about allergies and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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