4 Ways to improve your Holiday Breathing Experience
Monday, December 7th, 2015 | Categories: Children and Mold, Senior Citizens and mold, Sick Building | No Comments
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.
In my business we call this time of year the sneezin’ season. But why is your family sniffling and sneezing?
As the mercury plummets, and the furnace kicks on, a host of things happen that can increase some household members allergic reactions to indoors air.
This is the season of hope so here are some things I hope you’ll to consider:
1. Consider cleaning your air ducts and your furnace (Air Handler in my area). After all the entire idea of a “Forced Air” system is to force air in and around your home. Moving a lot of air also pushes out a lot of dust, dander and other airborne particulates into the air you’ll breathe all winter long. Dr. Adrian Casillas, a professor of medicine in the division of clinical immunology and allergy at the University of California, suggests leaving the house while the ducts are being cleaned.
Duct Cleaning should be done professionally by a business that belongs to NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association).
2. Replace your return filters with the best quality pleated you can afford. H.E.P.A. (High Efficiency Particulate Air) are the best. Some air quality “Experts” warn against using them because they will “choke” airflow. This is true often because they clog with airborne particulate and need to be changed more often. A clogged filter is a good sign that the filter is working. Change it for good airflow and cleaner air.
3. Increase and monitor your humidity levels throughout your home. Small humidity monitors are a good and often inexpensive investment. Typically 15 to 30 dollars you can test the air n different rooms and determine levels that keep you most comfortable. Warning signs to low humidity: Bolts of lightning shooting off your finger tips when you touch metallic objects, nose bleeds, clothing sticking to you or dry eyes and noses. A small humidifier can often do the trick by keep it clean. No need to grow bacteria by neglecting hygiene of the unit. Humidity should be maintained in the 35 to 50% range for greatest comfort.
4. Have your forced air system professionally inspected. Consider having the ducts “Scoped with a fiber optic camera” to best understand what’s lurking in your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system.
All of us at Volunteer Inspections and Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality Services wish your a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to hearing from you.Volunterr Mold Drawing Annimation