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Thursday, November 19, 2015

The fall air in the Chicago is crisp and cool, but it can also carry irritants for allergy and asthma sufferers. Keep mold, mildew, ragweed, and other troublesome allergens away with some smart home additions and a few simple maintenance jobs. Keeping your air clean is easier and more affordable than you might imagine.

Install Proper Ventilation

Some homeowners get so focused on properly sealing their home that they forget about ventilation. You should have exhaust fans in the bathroom as well as an exterior-venting range hood to prevent mold growth. Vents in the eaves and peak of your roof prevent rot. Make sure these are unblocked so air can move freely. If you have a crawlspace, check for obstructions in front of your foundation vents as well.

Clean the Air Naturally

Many plants act as natural purifiers. They’re capable of reducing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene in the air. Everything from carpeting to plastics can release these chemicals into the air. Place them in attractive clusters for a charming effect. Some of the best air cleaners are spider plants, snake plants, and peace lilies.

Change Your HVAC Filters

You should check your filter and change your HVAC filter as needed, particularly when you have asthma or allergy sufferers in the house. Keep extra filters on hand so you never have to put off this quick but essential home-maintenance task.  Consider a higher MERV rating and a thicker filter for better filtering effectiveness and longer use, but be sure to use the filter that is within the specifications described in your owner's manual. 

Switch to Beeswax

If you enjoy the soothing glow of candles but have allergy sufferers in your home, you may have already realized the hazards of traditional candles. Those laden with fragrances and artificial coloring can release benzene, toluene, and other noxious chemicals into the air. You can avoid the irritants without giving up the ambiance of candles. Burn natural beeswax candles instead for a safe and natural way to enjoy calming candlelight.

For those with severe allergies or asthma, a duct mounted, whole-house air purification system may improve symptoms and provide welcome relief . To learn more about improving your indoor air quality, contact Comfort 24-7 at 855-GET-COMFY. We have everything you need for a comfortable fall season.


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