How to Improve Your Home’s IAQ to Ease Springtime Allergy Symptoms

The longer days and warmer temperatures have finally arrived in Suffolk, Virginia. But with sunnier conditions come an increase in allergens. The current allergy forecast reports a high amount of allergens in the air in Suffolk. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, read on to learn how to improve your home’s IAQ to ease springtime allergy symptoms.

Use an Air Cleaner in Your Home

You can’t control how many allergens linger in the outdoor air. But what you can do is ensure your home’s air is as clean as possible. While your HVAC system’s filter traps some particles, it’s doesn’t catch the smallest.

An air cleaner works to supply your home with cleaner and healthier air. An advanced model like the Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner can remove up to 99.98% of airborne particles, including pollen, dust and even bacteria.

Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Builders design modern homes to have tight thermal envelopes. While this is good for energy efficiency, it’s bad for maintaining healthy indoor air quality. To freshen your home’s air supply, you must ventilate it. Opening your windows is a great way to ventilate your home, but that’s oftentimes not possible without letting in hot or cold air.

With the Trane FreshEffects Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), you won’t have to worry about losing conditioned air and wasting energy. This ERV exhausts stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh and preconditioned air from outside. As a result, it helps to decrease the number of allergens and level of odors in your home’s air supply.

Take These Additional Steps

Here are some other steps you can take to ease springtime allergy symptoms:

  • Keep your windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home.
  • Set your AC system to re-circulate to avoid drawing in outdoor air filled with pollen.
  • Limit your outdoor exposure on mornings that are warm and dry.
  • Wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen in the air.

Scheduling an indoor air quality inspection is a great way to improve your home’s IAQ. To schedule yours today, contact Atlantic Shores Heating and Cooling at (757) 500-8724. We’re here to help you breathe easier at home.

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