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  • Writer's picturePeggy Keilen, Faribo Air Conditioning and Heating

Clean Air in your Home

Winter is coming to an end, which means soon we’ll all be dazzled with the sights of Spring: the blooms, the buds, the birds, the brilliant beams of sunshine around every just-recently-thawed-out-corner. But along with that gorgeous spring weather comes an irritating side effect: sneezing, sniffling, wheezing, coughing, itching, and a nose that drips like a leaky faucet. We’re talking allergies.

For those suffering from severe springtime allergies, retreating inside is a common escape from the histamine-related horrors unleashed by Mother Nature. While seeking refuge indoors may provide some relief, studies have shown that the air in your home can be more polluted than the air outdoors. With today’s “airtight homes” being designed to conserve energy, these indoor irritants such as mold, bacteria, dust mites, pet dander and tobacco smoke can’t easily escape.

Here are some quick tips for improving your home’s air, and increase your comfort and peace of mind!

  • Keep your floors fresh

    • Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter can remove most airborne particles that might make allergies worse.

    • Mopping with fresh water alone (no soaps or chemicals needed!) can capture any lingering dust or allergens.

  • Keep a healthy level of humidity

    • Use an exhaust fan or open a window while cooking, running the dishwasher, or showering.

    • Empty your window air conditioner and dehumidifier drip pans.

    • Don’t overwater house plants.

  • Bring a little of the outdoors in

    • Certain houseplants, such as aloe vera, ficus, Chinese evergreen, spider plant, peace lilies, and even the Gerber daisy help filter out allergens and air pollutants, and actually thrive on the same chemicals that are toxic to humans.

  • Make your home a no-smoke zone

    • Tobacco smoke can enhance people’s sensitivity to naturally occurring airborne substances, aggravating the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

  1. Treat your air with an ultraviolet air treatment system

    • Ultraviolet air treatment systems can improve your air’s quality by effectively trapping the tiny airborne particles that could be inhaled such as pollen, mold, spores, pet dander and dust.

    • By mounting an air treatment system in your ductwork, it continuously emits germicidal ultraviolet energy, killing a high percentage of airborne bacteria before it is able to re-circulate, and eliminating most surface mold that could thrive on your cooling coils.

Faribault Air Conditioning and Heating can help improve your springtime allergies and minimize the number of airborne particles in your air by installing an ultraviolet air treatment system in your home. Call us today for more information!

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