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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Allergies in the Winter?

Tyngsboro, MA Allergy Sufferer Wonders

With less time spent outside during the winter months, indoor allergens including pet dander, dust mites and mold can exacerbate allergies. This can lead to sneezing, wheezing, itchy and watery eyes and cold-like symptoms. A home’s heating system can further worsen these symptoms, drying out the air.

A homeowner in Tyngsboro recently contacted us. She was frustrated that her fall allergies had not cleared up with the change in season. With more and more times spent indoors, she was convinced that it was something in the home.

Control the Home’s Humidity Levels to Reduce Winter Allergies

In the winter time, the home’s heating system can cause the air to dry out. This dry air can leave you more vulnerable to infection, particularly those individuals who are already plagued by winter allergies. Running a dehumidifier can help to reduce this risk. However, be careful not to add too much humidity to the home. Dust mites thrive in humidity and mold growth can increase rapidly with high humidity levels.

Many of today’s HVAC systems now come with humidity monitoring, adding humidity as necessary to the home directly through the heating system. This is the most efficient way to control the exact humidity levels of the home, reducing winter allergens that may be affecting the family.

Regular Cleaning Can Also Minimize Allergies

Dusting and vacuuming the home regularly can help to reduce the dust mites and pet dander in the air. You can also trade in your wall to wall carpet, a breeding ground for dust mites, for area rugs. To further kill dust mites that may be affecting your health, wash bed sheets weekly in hot water.

Use Air Filtration to Improve the Air

Pollutants in your home’s air can cause poor indoor air quality, which in turn may cause dizziness and headaches, plus aggravate allergies and asthma.

The homeowner in Tyngsboro discovered that their heating system was able to monitor humidity levels in the home, a feature that the family is now taking advantage of. By monitoring the humidity and working to reduce dust, she is already seeing some relief from her winter allergies.

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