Springtime brings countless allergy symptoms and even difficulty breathing for some. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and/or allergies. Due to the large number of Americans affected, the AAF deemed the month of May National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. May falls right at the peak of allergy season and is usually when many people suffer the most.
Pollen and dust from the outdoors are usually the main culprit for Americans allergy symptoms. However, there are plenty of contaminants floating around inside your home to result in limited relief once you step inside. As we discussed last month dust, pet dander, particulate growth and mildew can all attribute to low indoor air quality. While replacing your homes air filter will help substantially with keeping your HVAC system clean, it does not keep contaminants out all together.
Identifying Allergy Agitators
Signs of Growth in your home: Particulate growth thrives in warm, moist climates making air ducts a perfect home. On top of causing allergy symptoms, some bacteria can even cause damage to your home if left un-treated. Using dehumidifiers, air purifiers and regularly running your AC will help eliminate the unwanted growth.
The presence of these three elements are goodindicators of mold lurking in your home:
Water: The key element needed for particulategrowth is moisture. Whether it's behind your walls under carpets or on the surface, damp areas can become a home to many kinds of unwanted bacteria.Keeping these areas dry and disinfected to the best of your ability will decrease the ability for anything to grow.
Humidity: Moisture in the air can also affect thegrowth of bacteria and mold. Humidity inside your home makes a perfect environment for mold and bacteria to thrive. So if you feel an abundance of humidity or condensation on surfaces of your home be on the lookout for growth.
Odor: Is there a strange, earthy smell inside your home that you can't seem to get rid of no matter what you do? The source could be coming from Mold orbacteria inside your air ducts. Microbial volatileorganic compounds (MVOCs) are gases produced bymold. The MVOC's are what produces the musty smellthat travels through your home.
In general, prevention is key when it comes to dealingwith mold. Along with running a dehumidifier andincreasing the airflow within your home, considerscheduling an air duct inspection and cleaning to helpensure no mold is hidden in your home’s ductwork.
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