As much as we hate allergies, they’re a common ailment and complaint for more than 50 million Americans of all ages every year. While you may identify major allergen sources outside your home, like pollen, the reality is that tons of allergens can lurk inside your home, too. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology cites indoor causes like cockroaches, dust mites, and pet dander as major allergens in perennial allergic rhinitis. To help your kids survive their allergies, you can take several steps to eliminate the allergens in your home.
Take your HVAC system. The HVAC system can be part of the allergen problem or part of the solution, and its role is largely up to you. If you keep your HVAC system maintained well and change your filters regularly, it will help eliminate allergens in your indoor air. But, leave that HVAC system without any maintenance and holding a dirty filter? You’re sending dust mites and mold spores throughout your house on an endless loop.
To help the HVAC system, energy-recovery ventilators, UV lamps, and air cleaners are extra implements you can use. If your child is one of the seven million who suffers from asthma, these extras become necessities. As you can see, you can do a lot with just one part of your home environment. Check out the Easing Allergies for Kids infographic to discover other measures you can take. You might be surprised to discover that things like diet have a big impact on allergies.