A stuffy nose, constant sniffling and sneezing, a parched throat–these are the usual symptoms of an indoor allergy. These symptoms may be triggered by a number of things, but the likely culprits are dust mites, mold and especially pet dander. And have you noticed that these allergic reactions seem to get worse in the winter? Hader HVAC Solutions, a trusted indoor air quality expert in the area, expounds on this here.
Why are Indoor Allergies Worse in the Winter?
Due to the cold weather, most homes are closed up for long periods of time in the winter. Instead of being replaced by fresh air from the outside, warm, stale air remains trapped inside the house, which means you’re stuck breathing it. The fact that all these dust mites and possible mold spores are present in the air you breathe isn’t the most pleasant prospect to think about.
There’s also the matter of pet allergies. Dust and other allergens can stick to your pet’s fur, which means that whenever you pet them or vacuum your house, these particles get stirred up in the air, where they can remain suspended for an astonishingly long time. And given how you and your pet are spending more time indoors because of the cold weather–well, you get the idea. The good news is that you can mitigate your exposure to these triggers with the right considerations, which include turning to a premier air conditioning and indoor air quality professional like Hader Solutions.
How Do You Control Winter Allergy Triggers?
You can minimize your exposure to pet dander and other winter allergy triggers by:
Replace your HVAC filter. A clogged air filter increases the risk of dust, pet dander and other allergens circulating repeatedly throughout your home. For this reason, you should change the filter about once a month–or more often if you have multiple pets. This helps keep indoor air cleaner and safer to breathe while also ensuring that heated air is distributed evenly and efficiently throughout your home.
Consider hardwood and tile flooring instead of carpet. Unlike carpet–which retains fur, hair, dust and other particles–hardwood and tile flooring are easier to clean and don’t kick up allergens into the air. This, in turn, means better indoor air quality.
Invest in a high-quality air purifier or UV lamp. Both options can eliminate bacteria, dust mites, mold spores, fungi and other pollutants in the air you breathe. This allows for enhanced indoor air quality that can significantly reduce your exposure to possible allergy triggers. At Hader Heating and Cooling, we offer exceptional air purifiers and UV lamps from top brand Bryant®. Turn to us and we’ll be more than happy to help you explore your available options and decide on the indoor air quality solution that best meets your needs.
Look no further than Hader Solutions for superior indoor air quality products and services. We serve Cincinnati, OH, and nearby areas. Call us today at (513) 661-1910 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.