Birmingham, AL Ranks 21st on “Most Challenging” List For Spring Allergy Sufferers
Residents in Birmingham, Alabama, deal with higher levels of allergens than many other cities in the United States. It recently slid 20 places since 2016 to rank 21st on the “Most Challenging To Live with Spring Allergies” list compiled by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, which asks American citizens to take steps to improve indoor air quality.
There are several ways to control outdoor allergens from polluting your home, including leveraging your air conditioner and other air quality products for your house. You can better control outdoor allergens when you have the proper knowledge and help beside you. KS Services understands many homeowners need assistance with indoor air quality so they offer a variety of HVAC services, including preventative maintenance, duct cleaning, and installation of products to heighten indoor air quality.
Control Outdoor Allergens, Increase Indoor Air Quality with Your Air Conditioner
More than 24 million Americans have asthma. More than 50 million have allergies, many of both groups are children. Protecting your loved one’s air quality is possible with the right tips and tools at your disposal. Consider the options below for improved indoor air quality:
- Schedule routine maintenance twice a year to reduce the amount of dust, dirt and other allergens accumulating inside your air conditioner and throughout your home. During a maintenance call, HVAC technicians thoroughly inspect your unit and clean critical components, reducing allergen buildup. Indoor air quality can be improved by establishing a healthier and cleaner HVAC system during the most active pollen times of the year.
- The air filter housed in your air conditioner offers clean air in your home every day. When air filters are dirty, they can’t properly control outdoor allergens from entering your home and its indoor air. A dirty or clogged filter will stop working, allowing allergens to slip through your HVAC unit, the ductwork and into your home. Checking the filter monthly and replacing or cleaning it as needed will control outdoor allergens from reducing your air quality indoors.
- Invest in HVAC products dedicated to enhancing indoor air quality. UltraViolet air cleaners, media air cleaners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers all work with your current air conditioner to control outdoor allergens before they affect your indoor air quality.
Air cleaners trap and kill various germs, bacteria and viruses before they pass through your unit. These devices are extremely helpful if you feel every sickness going around stays in your home for weeks. Also, if high pollen counts prevent you from opening the windows, air cleaners and purifiers can make a dramatic difference for you and your family.
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers work with your air conditioner to control the humidity level in your home, preventing mold, mildew and dust mites from growing and spreading in your house.
Allergens and Other Pollutants in Your Home
Your Birmingham home is constantly at risk of pollutants and allergens from outside and inside negatively impacting your indoor air quality. To effectively control outdoor allergens and pollutants, you need to know what is harming you and your family first:
- Mold and mildew are common in homes with high humidity levels. Reduce the chance of mold or mildew growing and spreading in your home by looking for damp areas in your house. Basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms are common places for mold and mildew to grow.
- Dust mites are attracted to damp places, just like mold and mildew. Dust mites are hazardous for those already struggling with allergies and asthma. Increase ventilation using exhaust fans in the damp areas of your home to prevent dust mites from multiplying.
- Home renovations and remodeling projects emit harsh odors, chemicals and materials inside your home. Proper ventilation will control outdoor allergens and pollutants from getting trapped in your home.
- Cleaning products, air fresheners and furnishings in your home emit fumes reducing the quality of your air indoors. Open windows when fumes are high, allowing them to escape and not become stagnant in your home.
Know the risks and control outdoor allergens affecting your indoor air quality in your home. Concerned about the initial expense of adding a dehumidifier or UV Air Cleaner to your air conditioner? KS Services understands your need for comfort and better health, so financing options are available to help you take advantage of promotions and install helpful devices before another allergy season passes.
Call KS Services to schedule maintenance or to inquire about installation of indoor air quality products to trap and kill allergens and pollutants before they circulate throughout your home.