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Allergy season has come upon us here in Charleston and the Lowcountry and it is bringing all the symptoms along for the ride: coughing, post-nasal drip, watery eyes, stuffy nose or ears, sneezing, itchy eyes, hoarseness, wheezing, fatigue, headaches, etc. Studies have shown that at least 50 million Americans suffer from allergies
A few common triggers of these allergic symptoms are Dust Mites/Dust, Pollen, Pets/Dander, Mold, Formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), and Smoke; here's how to handle each one:
1. Dust Mites/Dust
Dust mites are the number one cause of chronic sneezing and wheezing. Nearly fifty percent of homes contain a concentration of dust mites high enough to trigger allergies. Most people can alleviate these symptoms with the use of Air Purifiers, vacuums, steam cleaners, and allergy bedding.
In the early spring when trees/weeds are pollinating the outside air is heavily concentrated with tiny airborne particles. Although this occurs outdoors pollen can sneak into your home causing reactions. Most people can alleviate these symptoms with the use of Air Purifiers and vacuums.
Cats are number one when it comes to triggering allergies, although rodents such as gerbils and hamsters can also cause reactions. Homes with these animals contains both dander from their fur and also saliva/mucus floating around in the air. Allergies can take several years to develop and symptoms can linger for months after the pet has gone. Most people can alleviate these symptoms with the use of Air Purifiers and vacuums.
Mold can be found in any damp, dark place. Although it may appear that the mold or mildew found in the shower and on the shower curtain is sitting securely, in fact, mold loves to travel. It floats easily throughout the air and can cause chronic problems among allergy sufferers. High concentrations of mold can cause severe reactions. Most people can alleviate these symptoms with the use of Dehumidifiers to eliminate the moisture that mold needs to grow.
5. Formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Formaldehyde is commonly used in many building products including: adhesives, air fresheners, carpet backing, drapes, dyes, floor polishes, glue, liquid cleaners, markers, paint, and toilet cleaners. High levels of exposure to formaldehyde can cause physical reactions in everyone, and some people have allergic reactions to even small exposures. Most people can alleviate these symptoms with the use of Odor and Chemical Air Purifiers.
Smoke exposure in high concentrations is physically irritating to almost everyone (not to mention very dangerous to your health). Among allergy sufferers, it can be irritating even with very brief exposure. Most people can alleviate these symptoms with the use of Smoke Air Purifiers.
What are you doing to protect you and your family from having these symptoms ruin your spring/summer? There are several different ways to keep your indoor air quality
pure. A few of them include:
- Ultra Violet Lights – kill airborne allergens as they come in contact through your air duct stream.
- Electronic Air Filters- kill airborne allergens as they come in contact through your air duct stream.
- Dehumidifiers- Remove unwanted moisture in the home/crawlspace to keep moisture levels to a normal 45-60%
- Air Purification Systems- designed to help eliminate indoor air quality problems by reducing odors, air pollutants, VOC’s, smoke, mold, bacteria, and viruses.
If you need any help with your indoor air quality needs, contact your HVAC company
or give us a call: (843) 870-2076.