Although closing windows and using air conditioning will help keep many allergens out of your home, there is much more to allergen control. In fact, your Coastal Bend household may be home to some asthma and allergy triggers year-round. So it is important to take preventive steps to limit exposure as much as possible.
Common Allergy Triggers
While some allergens are easier to manage, others can be more difficult to keep out of your home. The most common triggers include the following.
- Dust mites live on human skin flakes, love soft furnishings, and live in most climates.
- Pet dander comes with any animal companion, though some breeds purportedly cause less reaction.
- Mold grows in damp, dark spots, so beware of problems in basements, bathrooms, and other areas.
- Pollen not only enters your home through windows and doors, but even on your clothes, shoes, and your pet’s fur.
- Cockroaches, while already a nuisance, carry allergens in their feces and saliva, that can cause asthma.
Protecting Your Home
Eliminating allergens from your homemight seem impossible. With a few preventive steps, though, you can quickly make your home a safe haven.
- Fundamentally, maintain a clean living space unfriendly to allergy triggers.
- Use dust and allergen-proof pillow, mattress, and box spring cases.
- Do not allow cigarette smoke indoors as it worsens symptoms.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter and/or double-layered bag.
- For dust, wash linens once a week in 130-degree water.
- For dander, check for a reaction before adoption by spending time with animals.
- For mold, avoid basement bedrooms, and beware water damage or damp conditions.
- For pollen, change your clothes and wipe down pets as soon as you get indoors.
- For cockroaches, keep food in sealed containers, clean dishes immediately after meals, and avoid having food or water sitting out.
Any homeowner with allergy sensitivities should consider installing an air purification system. To schedule a consultation about installing one, or to simply get more expert advice about South Texas home comfort systems, contact Mathews CCAC Inc. Air Conditioning, Heating, and Indoor Air Quality.
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 allergy triggers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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