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May 7, 2018
Suffering from allergies is no fun, whether you’ve got a mild case of itchy eyes or you worry about full-blown asthma attacks. There’s not a lot you can do to protect yourself from the air outside your home during California’s spring and fall allergy seasons, but there are things you can do to keep the air inside your home from making things worse.
Why Clear the Air?
Whether your allergies are seasonal or triggered by pollen, ensuring your home’s healthy indoor air quality is always a good idea. Left to its own devices, your home can harbor many allergens you simply can’t see.
3 Steps to Reduce Allergens at Home
Taking these three steps will improve your home’s indoor air quality, and as a bonus, help reduce your energy bills at the same time.
- Get an Energy Audit
At Greiner, we recommend starting with an energy audit to make sure we get a complete picture of your home. Rather than make assumptions about where you might need air sealing or where there could be contaminants, we’ll have solid evidence so we can address problems at their source. After the audit is complete, will we recommend the best solution.
- Air Seal Your Home
If you’re suffering from allergies at home, it’s highly likely that the audit will uncover gaps and spaces within your home that allow outside air to enter. Most homes, even newer ones, have tiny cracks and imperfections that let in air carrying moisture, and allow conditioned air to leak out. Air sealing ensures these gaps are filled, protecting your home from outside moisture, contaminants and other unwelcome visitors.
- Inspect Ductwork
Over time, ductwork can fill with dust, dirt and other contaminants. If ductwork is in an uninsulated area or in spaces where outside air can enter, it opens the door to problems. Ensuring your ductwork is pushing clean air throughout your living area is critical to promoting healthy indoor air quality. As part of our audit’s complete analysis of your home, Greiner will inspect your ductwork and recommend cleaning and sealing or replacement, as necessary.
Other Considerations for Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is also affected by your HVAC systems. Changing air filters regularly and scheduling heating system and air conditioning maintenance will help ensure your HVAC system is contributing to healthy indoor air quality, rather than compromising the air you breathe at home.
Your home comfort includes not only those things you see, but also those you don’t. Greiner Heating & Air Conditioning can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing your indoor air quality is healthy and you’re coming home to an allergy-free zone.