Are you being affected by a cold or allergies this Fall Season?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, "The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $14.5 billion."
Manage your allergies or cold with proper prevention and treatment. By focusing on improving the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of your home or business, you can reduce the affects of allergies and colds.
Fight off Fall Cold Season with these tips:
- Have a professional air duct cleaning and change the filter before you turn on your heat for the first time! Bits of mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you start the furnace. With regular air duct cleanings your system will not have to work as hard and less power is used! Change your HEPA filter every 90 days to keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Recognize the pros and cons of the material of your ducts.
- Use a humidifier if you need to, to keep your air between 35% and 50% humidity. Mold can grow almost anywhere when moisture is present for an extended period of time. Use of a humidifier can help keep your home in ideal humidity range can help mold growth in the winter. If you have a concern about a moisture problem or mold, contact a certified mold inspector to inspect your home or business. Extended exposure to mold can worsen the symptoms of asthma and mold allergies.
- Conduct a fall cleaning to remove dust from your home or business. People who are allergic to dust are actually allergic to the droppings of dust mites. What is found in the dust in your home depends on the type of furniture you have, whether or not you have pets, where you live, and other factors. Be sure to wear protective equipment such a mask to protect yourself during the cleaning process!
- Support your respiratory and immune system. Nourish your body with orange vegetables which are high in Vitamin A to build immunity, and Vitamin C foods such as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale which can help clear sinuses, recommended by Healing Lifestyles! Also, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!
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