For numerous Ohio residents, the arrival of warmer weather also marks the onset of the challenging allergy season. Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Ohio’s diverse climate and landscape contribute to a variety of airborne irritants that can trigger hay fever and other allergy-related issues. If you are contending with these persistent allergens, rest assured you are not alone. Many Ohioans face the difficulties of seasonally induced allergies. Today, Blacklick Heating & Cooling offers tips and strategies to help you protect your home and personal space from pollen, dust, and other common triggers. 

What Is Hay Fever?  

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, presents symptoms similar to those of the common cold. However, these symptoms are not triggered by a virus but are instead induced by an allergic reaction to indoor or outdoor allergens. The symptoms include: 

  • Runny and/or congested nose 
  • Watery eyes 
  • Itchy nose, mouth, and/or throat 
  • Sneezing 
  • Coughing and/or swollen eyelids 

What Do You Need to Know About the Ohio Allergen Landscape?  

Understanding the culprits is the first step in building a defense against them. Ohio’s allergy season predominantly occurs in the spring and fall, driven by the extensive pollination of ragweed, trees, and grasses, resulting in a significant airborne presence of pollens. Additionally, the state’s unique geography, with its lakes, rivers, and farmlands, contributes to various environmental factors that can exacerbate allergies. These include mold spores in the damp Ohio River Valley and dust and grime dispersed by the wind across the flat farming regions. 

What Are Some Home Solutions? 

Remember, while it is easy to attribute your watery eyes and itchy throat to the fields and forests, indoor allergens can be equally potent. Homes often harbor pet dander, dust mites, and mold, which contribute to both spring and year-round allergies. Bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens are potential hotspots for these irritants. 

Did you know that Hay Fever affects 1 in 5 people at least once in their lifetime?  

Here are some straightforward yet effective household strategies to reduce indoor allergen triggers: 

What Are Some Professional Solutions? 

  • Dusting – Establish and adhere to a weekly dusting schedule using a damp cloth or a microfiber duster that effectively removes dust rather than dispersing it. Be sure to address hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fan blades and shelves. 
  • Vacuuming – Utilize a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to capture fine particles, and vacuum high-traffic areas at least twice a week. Do not overlook vacuuming upholstered furniture. 
  • Curtains and Drapes – These can harbor dust and dander. Make it a point to wash or vacuum curtains or drapes every few months and allow sunlight to penetrate to eliminate dampness. 
  • Washing – Regular washing of all bedding, blankets, and bed sheets is essential. 
  • Air Filters – Maintaining a clean and efficient HVAC system is crucial for managing indoor air quality (IAQ). High-efficiency air filters are your first line of defense. Replace them as recommended, typically every 30 to 90 days, during periods of heavy use. 
  • Showering – For individuals with severe allergies, it is advisable to shower immediately after spending extended periods outdoors. Washing off pollen or particles promptly can reduce the likelihood of bringing allergens into the home and triggering further reactions. 

Remember, adopting modern technology can significantly reduce allergens in your home. Professional services and smart devices provide both convenience and high-performance air purification. Consider the following options: 

  • Duct Cleaning – Duct cleanings are an effective method for reducing allergens by decreasing dust and other dormant contaminants within the home. Additionally, duct cleaning can be beneficial in particularly humid environments. When mold spores are released into the air, they circulate throughout the home, infiltrating the air and diminishing indoor air quality (IAQ). A duct cleaning can help eliminate and prevent the dispersion of mold spores and other unwanted airborne contaminants. Moreover, professional duct cleaning is not required frequently; a general guideline is every 3-5 years.  
  • The iWave – The iWave air purifier is an advanced whole-home purification system that integrates with your HVAC system. It employs a state-of-the-art needle-point bi-polar ionization generator designed to capture and eliminate allergens, pathogens, and pollutants from the home’s air. It also helps eliminate unpleasant odors, reduce dust buildup, and enhance overall air quality. Additionally, it can even help prolong the life of your HVAC system. The iWave is a low-maintenance and silent solution that works in conjunction with your existing HVAC system, ensuring every room benefits from purified air.  
  • A Whole-Home Dehumidifier – Mold thrives in damp, warm environments, and Ohio’s summers and river valleys can provide just the climate for it to grow. A dehumidifier not only reduces moisture but can also significantly improve air quality by maintaining low humidity levels. Additionally, a whole-home dehumidifier can now help decrease musty odors. Investing in a whole-home dehumidifier with the capacity to cover the square footage of your home’s most inhabited areas is an excellent option to enhance your home’s IAQ.  
  • A Smart Thermostat – Did you know that having a smart thermostat can aid in boosting your home’s IAQ? Many smart thermostats can monitor humidity levels and notify you when it reaches a level that requires attention. Additionally, a smart thermostat can alert you when your HVAC air filter needs to be changed, providing a helpful reminder amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

If you are interested in incorporating any of these beneficial components into your home or wish to schedule a ductwork cleaning service, please contact us. We would be pleased to assist you in your journey toward achieving better air quality within your home. 

With our practical tips and solutions, you can take control of your indoor air quality with these practical tips. You can manage your indoor environment. As we conclude our discussion on home allergens, our aim is to equip you with knowledge and practical solutions. Remember, achieving a breathable, allergen-free home is possible. It starts with understanding, identifying, and effectively addressing these microscopic intruders. 

Call Blacklick Heating & Cooling today at (614) 245-2572 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!  

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