With the cold of winter fading out and the arrival of summer fast upon us in Florida, it's time to think about doing some spring cleaning. We all know when spring starts so do the allergies. Whether its pollen from trees or a specific flower that gives you headaches springtime allergies are a problem for many Floridians across the state.
However, with all of these irritations coming from outside many people consider inside their home to be a safe haven from all of the misery. This is not always the case if you have poor indoor air quality due to dust, pet dander and mold. These irritants will bring the sneezing and sniffling indoors resulting in allergy symptoms year around.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an allergic reaction happens when your body’s natural defense system — the immune system — releases antibodies as it tries to fight off a substance it thinks is harmful. Those antibodies are responsible for allergy symptoms like swollen, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; runny noses; and even skin rashes. For some people, a sensitive immune system might mistake harmless things, like pet dander or mold, as evil invaders. Others who are exposed continuously over long periods of time may even develop chronic issues like asthma.
Reduce Pet Dander: We all love our furry friends butwith them comes plenty of dander that spreads acrossthe house. While it may seem to be a losing battle to eliminate dander there are ways to effectively reduce the amount being circulated through the house. Starting with a large source and cleaning furniture, windowcoverings and carpets will effectively reduce the amount
entering the HVAC system. Steam cleaning is also a good wayto remove dust lurking deep inside the surfaces of your home.Lastly, washing your pet regularly and letting the hair go downthe drain instead of into the air will reduce dander at thesource.
Schedule Air Duct Cleaning: The final and most important thing you can do to reduce the amount of dust and dander is to have your HVAC system professionally cleaned. Just as your furniture gets cover in dirt, mold, dust and dander so do your air ducts. Many peoples homes circulate these particles 5 - 7times a day through the HVAC air system. Dirty air ducts can contribute to health issues, especially for those with respiratory conditions, auto-immune disorders, or asthma and allergies.Just like those outdoor seasonal allergens, indoor air pollutants can lead to irritated eyes, nose, and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Having your air ductsproperly cleaned can greatly improve your indoor air qualityand reduce health problems.