For numerous Ohio residents, the arrival of warmer days also brings the onset of the dreaded allergy season. Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Ohio’s diverse climate and landscape contribute to a wide array of airborne irritants that can trigger hay fever and other unfortunate allergy-related symptoms. If you find yourself in a constant battle against these bothersome allergens, rest assured that you are not alone. Many of us also face the challenges of seasonally induced allergies. Today, let Circleville Heating & Cooling provide you with valuable tips and techniques to help fortify your home and personal space against the notorious pollen, dust, and other triggers.

The Symptoms of Hay Fever

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, manifests symptoms resembling those of the common cold. However, these symptoms are not triggered by a virus but rather arise as an allergic reaction to indoor or outdoor allergens. The following symptoms are typically observed:

1. Runny and/or stuffy nose

2. Watery eyes

3. Itchy nose, mouth, or/and throat

4. Sneezing

5. Coughing and/or puffy and swollen eyelids

The Effects of Ohio’s Landscape

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Understanding the culprits is the initial step in developing a solid defense against them. Allergy season in Ohio primarily occurs during spring and fall as a result of the extensive pollination of ragweed, trees, and grasses. During these times, there is a significant presence of airborne pollens. Furthermore, Ohio’s unique geography, encompassing lakes, rivers, and vast farmlands, contributes to a combination of environmental factors that can exacerbate allergies. These range from mold spores in the humid Ohio River Valley to the dust and debris that the wind disperses across the flat farming country.

Spot and Combat Common Allergens with Home Solutions

It is important to remember that although it is easy to attribute watery eyes and itchy throats to fields and forests, indoor allergens can be just as powerful. Pet dander, dust mites, and mold can be found in homes, further contributing to allergies that persist throughout the year. Areas such as bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens can serve as hotspots, potentially accumulating these irritants.

Here are some simple yet effective household tips to cut down on indoor allergen triggers:

1. Dust Frequently: Establish and adhere to a weekly dusting regimen utilizing a damp cloth or a microfiber duster that effectively captures dust instead of just shuffling it around. In addition, make sure to address challenging areas such as ceiling fan blades and shelves that are difficult to reach.

2. Vacuum Frequently: Utilize a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to effectively capture minuscule particles, ensuring thorough vacuuming of high-traffic areas a minimum of twice per week. Additionally, it is important to remember to vacuum upholstered furniture as well.

3. Wash Curtains and Drapes Frequently: These areas can become breeding grounds for dust and dander. It’s important to regularly clean or vacuum curtains or drapes every few months and allow sunlight to naturally eliminate any dampness.

4. Wash Bedding Frequently: Regular laundering of all bedding, blankets, and bed sheets is imperative.

5. Change Air Filters Frequently: You can greatly boost the IAQ in your home by using high-efficiency air filters for your HVAC system. Bear in mind, per industry standards, it is recommended to change them every 30 to 60 days.

Think About It: Did you know that hay fever will impact 1 in 5 people at least once in their lifetime?

Identify and Address Common Allergens with Expert Solutions

In certain cases, standard home remedies may not suffice, particularly for individuals with severe allergies or respiratory issues or those residing in areas prone to heavy pollution. You may need to explore professional-grade solutions or services to maintain your home’s indoor air quality.

· A Duct Cleaning – Duct cleanings provide effective solutions for reducing allergens by eliminating dust and other dormant contaminants in the home. Additionally, duct cleaning is beneficial in environments with high humidity levels. This is because the circulation of mold spores throughout the air can compromise the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home. By conducting a ductwork cleaning, you can effectively eliminate and prevent the dispersion of mold spores and other unwanted airborne contaminants. One bonus is that getting a professional duct cleaning is not required frequently. Typically, we recommend having this service done every 3-5 years.

· An Air Purifier – Have you heard of the iWave? The iWave air purifier is an advanced whole-home purification system that seamlessly integrates with your HVAC system. It employs a cutting-edge, needle-point bi-polar ionization generator meticulously engineered to capture and eradicate allergens, pathogens, and pollutants present in your home’s air. Moreover, it effectively eliminates unpleasant odors, reduces dust accumulation, and promotes overall healthier air quality. Additionally, it is a low-maintenance and noiseless solution that operates in conjunction with your existing HVAC system, ensuring optimal air purification in every room.

· A Dehumidifier – Mold thrives in damp and warm environments, and the summers and river valleys of Ohio can create the perfect conditions for its growth. A dehumidifier not only reduces moisture but also plays a crucial role in improving air quality by maintaining low humidity levels. Moreover, a whole-home dehumidifier can now effectively combat musty odors as well. Considering the IAQ of your home, investing in a whole-home dehumidifier that covers the square footage of your most frequently used areas is an excellent option to contemplate.

· A Smart Thermostat – Did you know that employing a smart thermostat can enhance the IAQ of your home? Numerous smart thermostats are capable of monitoring humidity levels and alerting you if it reaches a critical point that requires attention. Furthermore, a smart thermostat can conveniently inform you when it’s time to replace your HVAC air filter. This serves as a valuable and handy contraption amidst the fast-paced nature of daily life!

If you are interested in incorporating any of these advantageous components into your home or scheduling a ductwork cleaning service, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can gain control over your indoor air quality with these actionable tips. You have the ability to manage your indoor environment. Keep in mind that achieving a breathable, allergen-free home is attainable by comprehending, identifying, and effectively combating these microscopic intruders.

Call Circleville Heating & Cooling today at (740) 218-5323 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We are dedicated to assisting you in your pursuit of improved indoor air quality and breathing comfort within your own home.