Tips for Fighting the Winter Allergy Blues
New Orleans is known for its humidity and that brings on airborne allergies. A drop in temperature can aggravate already inflamed sinuses and lead to infections. Finding ways to combat winter allergies may be the key to keeping your family healthy during the colder months. Here are a few:
Get Your Ducts Cleaned
The duct network in your home is a breeding ground for dust mites and other allergens. Before the heat goes on, have the ducts cleaned professionally. This will not only improve the health of everyone in the house, but it will cut costs on the heating bill, too. Clogged ducts do not allow for efficient air flow. The harder your HVAC system has to work, the higher your energy bill will be.
A professional duct cleaning reaches places you can’t get to on your own. Cleaner ducts mean fewer allergens in the air.
Manage Pet Dander
Cold weather means your pets are spending more time indoors. Giving them a regular bath will help control pet dander. Pet dander consists of dead skin cells that dogs and cat normally shake off when rolling around in the warm grass. When the temperature drops, they spend less time shedding outside, so that dander settles in the home to cause allergic reactions that don’t happen in the warmer months.
Get in the habit of vacuuming daily, as well. This will pick up the extra hair and dander, instead of letting it settle in the carpets and furniture.
Watch for Mold
The steamy climate of New Orleans means indoor mold is a threat, especially given the history of storms. Keep an eye out for signs of mold growth that may trigger allergies. Double check storage areas, especially if you put up decorations during the holiday season. Look for black spots, condensation, and signs of water damage.
Have a technician come out and evaluate your heating and air conditioning unit, as well. Condensation around the equipment can lead to mold and cause damage to the unit.
If your family seems to suffer for allergies each winter, let Bryans United Air Conditioning help. Our NATE-certified technicians are trained to look for problem areas in your home. Make an appointment online or give us a call at 504-208-2071.
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