Air Quality Control to Help Lesson your Spring Allergies

Spring has sprung along with all the sneezing, runny eyes and coughing of air pollen.  Your home should be providing you a safe haven. Here are some devices to help:
HEPA Filters: HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air-filter and were developed during the Apollo era of space exploration. They can filter most substances from the air, down to 0.3 microns in size. They are helpful in filtering pollen, mold spores, animal dander, and fumes basically all the things that make your allergies flair up!
HEPA filters have become increasingly available in many discount home improvement stores. Other factors to consider before buying include the required interval between changing filters, the ease of obtaining replacement filters, and warranties.
Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifying the air is easily accomplished with an air conditioner, but this is practical only in hot weather. The correct placement and use of fans and vents can help reduce humidity as can a dehumidifier machine. The most important point about a dehumidifier is that it must be cleaned daily ~ otherwise molds will flourish in the collection chamber making your problem worse than it was in the first place.
Humidity gauges are readily available at any hardware store. A range of 40-50% humidity is good and anything lower than 35% can make breathing uncomfortable especially for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Generally speaking, low humidity is not the health problem that high humidity can be.
Air Conditioning & Heating Systems: Air conditioners are critical in filtering summertime air for people that are allergic to molds and pollens. Air Conditioners function as excellent dehumidifiers, thus limiting the growth of dust mites and molds. Another unexpected benefit is that the airflow discourages cockroaches since they prefer non-ventilated spaces (what’s not to like!).
Central air-conditioning and heating systems may also come with electrostatic filters that catch smaller particles than regular filters. The filters charge the particles in the air as they pass through the filter. The charged particles are then trapped by an oppositely charged plate in the unit. These devices must be cleaned frequently as well.
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