Are you coughing and sneezing inside your home but not out of it? You’re likely experiencing allergies. Here are three common household allergens:

Dust and Dander

If you suffer from congestion and watery eyes after coming indoors, you may be allergic to the dust and dander that have gathered in your home. Dust is created from dead skin cells as well as particles of outdoor debris from plants, soil, and fibers that are carried indoors and gather on the surfaces of your home.

Dander comes from your pets and also settles on your indoor surfaces. Once disturbed, the dust and dander become airborne and trigger your allergies. Clean and vacuum your home regularly to remove the dust and dander.

Dampness

Areas of your home that are humid, warm and damp are usually your kitchen and bathroom spaces. If you don’t vent moisture properly, it can create biological growth with airborne spores, which may trigger hay fever or asthma.

Protect yourself by using exhaust fans in these areas. Repair any leaks in plumbing. Beware of allergies outdoors with decaying plant matter, like compost, grass clippings and rotting wood. Clear away all plant matter and keep your compost heap far from the house.

Pollen

Although pollen is an essential part of plant growth and providing the natural beauty of the outdoors, it can cause severe allergies to many people. Wind spreads the fine pollen of both flowers and grass, which you can inhale easily. Take note of the pollen index before planning outdoor activities, and wear a dust mask outside if necessary. Don’t touch your face unnecessarily, and wash your hands often.

Do you want to reduce the number of allergens in your home? Contact Quality Comfort Services, Inc. today to improve your indoor air quality. We’re standing by to provide you with a wide selection of IAQ solutions.

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