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Creating an Asthma-Friendly Home

When you or a family member has asthma, it’s important to be aware of indoor allergens that can trigger an attack. Thankfully, there are a number of things  that Centerpoint, Alabama, homeowners can do to create a more asthma-friendly home for loved ones.

Change the Air Filters

Changing your home’s air filters is the single most important thing you can do to help alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms in the home. Air filters clog with dust and debris rather quickly, and when they get to a certain point, they no longer filter out allergens. When this happens, those allergens are circulated back into the living space, which is a huge problem for asthma sufferers. While most experts recommend changing your home’s air filters every three months, changing them once a month is best when you have a loved one dealing with asthma.

Clean the Air Ducts

Just like with your HVAC system’s air filters, its air ducts become dusty over time, which can lead to allergens settling back inside the home. A professional duct cleaning boosts your home’s indoor air quality, eliminating dust, dander, pet hair, and other pollutants. Even better, a thorough duct cleaning can cut your energy bills and prolong your HVAC system’s life.

Avoid Indoor Pollutants

While you can’t prevent dust, pet dander, and other pollutants from forming inside the home, you can avoid bringing in other kinds of allergens. Never allow anyone to smoke inside the house and avoid building wood fires during the winter. You also should avoid using scented products and other chemical cleaners, as these can aggravate symptoms.

Run the AC

The air conditioner is a great source of clean air, so don’t be afraid to run it during days when mold, pollen, or ozone counts are high. As long as the ductwork and filters are clean, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh, clean air all summer long.

Call One Source Heating & Cooling at (205) 509-1929 for more tips. We’ll be happy to offer you indoor air quality solutions that make a difference.

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