What you Need to Know about IAQ and Combating Allergy Season

Your home should be a comfortable and safe space for you and your family to spend time together. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by maintaining your home’s indoor air quality. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is the condition of the air in and around a building, specifically as it correlates to the health and comfort of its occupants. However, seasonal allergies can make this task more difficult. Let’s discuss how you can maintain a good IAQ and help combat allergy season. 

What affects your home’s IAQ 

There are many indoor pollutants that may affect your home’s indoor air quality. These common pollutants mostly cause discomfort in the home. However, in more serious cases they can lead to health issues such as asthma or illness. Here are some common indoor pollutants: 

  • Pet Hair
  • Odors from food or smoking 
  • Allergens 
  • Mold or other bacteria 
  • Faulty mechanical equipment 

These pollutants can get trapped in your air filters and other areas of your HVAC system causing them to circulate throughout the home. Understanding what these pollutants are can help you to better understand how to prevent them from getting into your home. 

How to Combat Poor IAQ & Seasonal Allergies

Combating seasonal allergies and other common indoor pollutants doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Below, our team has compiled a list of simple things YOU can do to help keep you and your family breathing easy. 

  • Tip 1: Change your air filter frequently. Your air filters collect a lot of dust, dirt, and pet hair all of which are probably carrying other pollutants such as allergens. When your air filters are dirty they help these pollutants travel through your house. Changing your air filters once a month will help keep your air fresh and also keep your HVAC system from working too hard. 
  • Tip 2: Keep windows and doors closed during allergy seasons. We all love the fresh air, but during peak allergy season it’s best to keep access to the outdoors limited. Allowing allergens to blow into your home through open windows and doors could make you more uncomfortable. 
  • Tip 3: Groom your pets frequently. If your pets shed a lot then it’s important to keep them properly groomed. Brushing them consistently and bathing them often will help reduce the amount of hair that falls inside your home. It will also help you remove dirt and allergens that they may carry in on their coats. 

There are other more in-depth solutions that you also should consider to help maintain a good IAQ such as a whole-home air purification system or a whole-home humidifier. Options like these are more serious and will require the help of a professional. Miller’s team of professionals is happy to help you walk through ALL of your IAQ options in detail! 

If you’re interested in learning more about IAQ and how to maintain it, then Miller’s is the right place! Our team is dedicated and knowledgeable – we’re eager to help you and your family. To learn more or schedule an appointment head to this area of our website https://www.millers-va.com/contact/ 

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