Do you have indoor allergies? If you’re noticing symptoms, such as sneezing, a runny nose, an itchy throat or itchy watery eyes, chances are good that you do. What are the most common indoor allergens that can trigger these symptoms and what can you do about them?
While there are any number of substances in homes that can trigger allergic reactions, here are the five most common indoor allergens that impact your indoor air quality:
- Dust and dust mites – Every home has dust, which can be composed of tiny specks of skin, dirt, food, plants, insects and animal matter. Dust mites, which are tiny insects that feed on dust, are also a common trigger.
- Mold – Taking hold in damp areas, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms or basements, mold sheds tiny spores into the air that can trigger indoor allergies.
- Pet dander – For sensitive individuals, pet dander and proteins in animal saliva can trigger symptoms.
- Pollen – While pollen is generally considered an outdoor allergen, it can travel into the home on shoes, clothing and pets, or simply blow in through an open window or door.
- Cockroaches – Another common allergy trigger, these insects leave allergen-containing droppings behind them.
Controlling Common Indoor Allergens
Dusting and vacuuming frequently can help keep indoor allergens to a minimum. Using air conditioning rather than opening windows can help, as can controlling humidity in your home to discourage mold growth. Indoor allergens can also be minimized with specific indoor air quality equipment, such as air purification or filtration systems, as well as duct cleaning, sealing and repair.
Learn more about controlling indoor allergens with Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality solutions, or contact us today at (229) 686-5531 for other home comfort concerns.