While pollen is one of the most common causes of spring allergies, there are plenty of triggers for winter allergies, as well. If you would like to reduce allergens in your Milton, Georgia, home this winter, be aware of the following four allergy triggers.
Change Your Air Filter
One of the easiest ways to help reduce common asthma and allergy triggers is by changing your air filters on a regular basis. Your HVAC unit’s air filters trap dust, dander, and other contaminants from the air so they are not recirculated. Typically, you should replace your filter every 30-90 days.
Be Wary of Fresh Flowers and Plants
While a fresh Christmas tree or a planted poinsettia may look lovely and smell wonderful to some, the scent can also be a trigger for allergies in the winter. In addition to the smell causing allergy problems, the plants can also carry dust, mites, and other contaminants that can be serious triggers for asthma and other respiratory problems. Instead of bringing home fresh flowers and trees, opt for artificial arrangements.
Monitor Humidity Levels
Winter brings cold and flu season, and your home’s humidity levels can make it harder to fight those illnesses. When the air inside your home is too humid, it can promote biological growth. This growth can quickly trigger allergies and respiratory problems. Remember to keep an eye on your home’s humidity levels and use a humidifier.
Protect Your Holiday Decorations from Dust
When winter decorations sit in old boxes, they can accrue dust. Once you take those decorations out of their boxes, this dust flies around the room, affecting the indoor air quality and causing allergy and asthma attacks. When it’s time to put the decorations away until next year, store them in airtight containers or resealable bags to prevent dust from collecting on them.
By knowing what triggers winter allergies, you can try to prevent asthma and allergy attacks. To ensure your indoor air quality is excellent during winter and throughout the year, call E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning at 678-369-8866 and talk to one of our specialists.
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