Spring weather has finally hit the Mid-Atlantic region, and while many of us in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania are looking forward to spending more time outdoors, it’s also peak season for allergies.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes may seem inevitable at this time of the year. But did you know you can help keep allergy symptoms at bay by improving the air quality inside your home? Here is what you need to know about the connection between indoor air quality (IAQ) and allergies, along with how you can prepare your home for peak allergy season.
High Indoor Humidity & Allergies
You may associate high humidity with discomfort and feeling sticky during the summer, but these aren’t the only downsides to having excess moisture in the air. High humidity can actually worsen your indoor air quality and aggravate allergy symptoms.
Moisture creates an excellent breeding ground for allergens like mold, mildew, bacteria, and dust mites. Dust mites, in particular, thrive in humid environments. If your indoor air contains high amounts of moisture, these allergens can easily multiply in your home.
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Summers in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania can be especially humid, so controlling indoor moisture is key if you want to reduce allergy symptoms as temperatures rise. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends keeping indoor humidity levels below 50% to prevent allergens from multiplying.
One simple thing you can do to keep humidity levels down in your home is to install a whole-home dehumidifier. A whole-home dehumidifier is integrated directly into your HVAC system and removes moisture from the air before it is circulated throughout your home. With less moisture in the air, allergens are less likely to exacerbate allergy symptoms.
Installing a high-performance air conditioner is another great way to combat household allergens. A high-performance AC unit, when paired with a high-quality air filter, will more effectively control indoor humidity and filter out airborne allergens.
Control Humidity & Improve IAQ with Sobieski
Want greater humidity control and better protection against allergy-causing contaminants this spring and summer? Let the experts at Sobieski help you improve your indoor air quality. We offer a variety of IAQ solutions, including humidity control, air purification, and high-performance HVAC, to help ensure the air you’re breathing at home is clean and healthy.