For allergy and asthma sufferers, it can feel like there’s little hope for them. Aside from what the doctor can provide, most of them have accepted that it’s just a condition they’ll have to live with. It means the potential of suffering whenever they go outside.
While we can’t change the outdoor environment for you, it doesn’t mean we can’t try to improve things for you in the home, where you’re supposed to be most comfortable. Below are just a few indoor air quality products and services that have been shown to help relieve allergies and asthma.
Duct Testing and Sealing
The ducts are the series of vents in your attic or ceiling that distribute air throughout your home. If you’ve only recently installed an HVAC system, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about your ducts—so long as they were installed and designed by a qualified professional. However, if you inherited your current system when you moved into the home, it’s possible that your ducts are old and have developed leaks.
So how does that relate to air quality? It has to do with your attic and crawl spaces. These areas are most likely full of dust and contaminants—after all, no one is reasonably expected to clean these cramped areas on a regular basis. Since this is the same area that your ducts run through, you can imagine how it can be a problem if your ductwork has a leak. The pressure from the moving air can suck in the dust and dirt, thus introducing it to your air circulation and spreading it through the home.
Having your ducts thoroughly tested will help us find those leaks so we can seal them up.
Speaking of mold spores, what do you do when biological contaminants are floating around in your air circulation? These microorganisms have the potential to create illness and agitate existing conditions.
One answer is to install a UV air purifier. If you’ve ever seen a portable UV light sanitizing wand—the kind they suggest you use on your toothbrush and other hygienic items—then you should know that it works off the same concept. For microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and mold, UV lights have the power to disable their reproduction abilities, helping to kill them in the process.
With an HVAC UV purifier, bulbs are placed in spots where they’ll do the most thorough and efficient job. The air will be forced to go past these lights, carrying the germs and contaminants with it, and will contribute to cleaner air. Because of this, air purifiers in Fort Wayne, IN are even beneficial for families without existing conditions.
Balancing Humidity Levels
Humidity is all about balance, but whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers both exist to help with the problem.
High humidity contributes to the growth of mold, which can make mold grow in damp places like the bathroom.
It’s not as well-known, but low humidity will make it more difficult for your sinuses and immune system to function properly. They need a certain amount of humidity to run smoothly, which can make it harder to recover from sickness.
Depending on what’s causing the brunt of your problems, one of these humidity controlling devices could go a long way in boosting the health and immunity of your family.