April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Allergies!)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that as many as 60 million people in the United States can suffer from allergies every year. Pollen, flowering plants, and even animals can cause someone to experience symptoms. Yet, keeping one’s allergies under control is more than closing the windows and staying inside. It’s about maintaining the home’s indoor air quality.
Thankfully, homeowners can do plenty of things this spring to help keep their allergies under control. Some measures include getting an air purifier, dehumidifier, or other in-home appliances.
Get an Air Purifier and Air Scrubber
- A whole-home air purifier: A whole-house air purifier essentially cleans air particles, cutting down on dust, dirt, cigarette smoke, and other debris. When shopping around for an air purifier, homeowners should consider getting ones with HEPA filters.
- An air scrubber: An air scrubber takes an air purifier to the next level. In addition to cleaning air particles, it also cleans the home’s surfaces, cutting down on how much dust settles on countertops, tables, and other surfaces.
Purchasing an air purifier or air scrubber does more than maintain a breathable environment; one can also write it off on their taxes. If one buys a device to help with a health condition (like asthma), they can claim the expense in some states.
Purchase UV Air Sanitizers and Dehumidifiers
Here’s a quick breakdown of UV air sanitizers and dehumidifiers:
- UV air sanitizers “clean” the air using ultraviolet rays: The rays break down and deactivate mold, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Depending on the model, they can also clean surfaces and liquids. While UV sanitizers are typically more expensive than one’s standard air purifier, many people with seasonal allergies swear by them.
- Dehumidifiers usually don’t make the air “cleaner”: Instead, they take the moisture out of the air. Too much humidity in the home can cause mold and mildew growth, which does more than cause allergies; over time, they can destroy the home’s structural integrity.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Installing an HVAC system isn’t a “fix-it-and-forget-it” venture. It involves routinely inspecting and maintaining the system and checking for problems. AC maintenance consists in changing the air filter around once every three months. There are certain air filters for certain homes, so homeowners should research before running out and getting the first one they see.
Homeowners should also schedule annual maintenance visits with a trusted HVAC company. A professional can use various techniques to try and find any underlying problems, such as corroded pipes or leaks.
They may use a VOC sensor to measure the home’s indoor air quality. These tools measure the concentration of certain substances in the air, such as asbestos, radon, and mold. Once homeowners know what pollutants are causing their allergies, they can take specific steps to remedy the issue.
About Method Air
Method Air has proudly served its neighbors in Draper, UT, and the surrounding areas since 2008. They provide same-day service and transparent pricing, and their technicians are all background checked for the safety of their customers. Call them today for indoor air quality services in Draper, UT.