Air Quality and Allergens
Is it possible for there to be a direct link between air quality and allergens? It makes sense that the cleaner and better quality of air we breathe in, the easier it is to maintain health.
The Role of Allergens
In America alone, it’s estimated that 50 million people suffer from the negative impacts of allergens.
This incredibly high number of sufferers proves just how much the level of allergens is in triggering major health issues such as the onset of allergies and other breathing disorders like bronchitis or asthma.
Allergens are tiny particles in the air that trigger the body’s immune system to respond negatively once sufferers are exposed to them. Allergens are typically inhaled. Repeated exposure to furniture, bedding, carpeting and dusty areas can also trigger a reaction to these common breeding areas of allergens.
Common allergen sources include pet hair and dander, dust mites and mold.
Breathing in air filled with allergens certainly doesn’t help and in fact, may make breathing and health conditions even worse. If sufferers are constantly exposed to environments with poor air quality, it can lead to chronic breathing conditions and a worsening of allergic reactions and overall quality of life.
The Role of Air Quality and Allergens
To measure air quality, you must consider the cleanliness (allergen free level) of air being circulated throughout the space. Poor air quality includes the circulation of air that contains dirt, dust, pollutants, dander and mites.
Air quality can be tested for the presence of mold and other allergens by purchasing an air quality tester. These testing kits can be purchased from any home improvement store but can be costly.
Poor air quality circulates allergens throughout the home, which once inhaled, can settle in nasal cavities and lungs. This triggers the immune system to respond with symptoms ranging from sneezing, coughing, wheezing to more serious breathing disorders.
Where Allergens Show Up
Anywhere air is circulating, whether it be in an office, commercial building, restaurant or a home can have an adverse effect on both breathing and overall health depending on the frequency of exposure to allergens.
Once the poor-quality air is circulated throughout the living space, it can settle on furniture, drapes, and soft surfaces like bedding and pillows, which make the problem even worse and spreads allergens throughout the entire place.
Air quality and allergens come into play and become worse if poor air circulation, extreme humidity and dirty air vents are present.
Poor air quality loaded with allergens can take minor breathing problems and turn them into more serious ones requiring medication, masks, breathing treatments and even a trip to the doctor or emergency room.
So, you can see how very serious air quality and allergens are tied together in addition to the serious impact it can have on your health.
Controlling Air Quality and Allergens
After understanding the importance of air quality and allergens, there are things you can do to improve air quality. This will help prevent the onset of allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing disorders.
1. Check the air quality with the purchase of a tester.
2. Keep air ducts and vents clean and clear of dust, pet hair and dirt.
3. Frequent vacuuming, dusting with a wet cloth, sealing clean mattresses in plastic and washing pillows and bedding are just some of the ways to control allergens.
4. Talk to an HVAC professional about the Installation of an air filtration or HEPA system to capture allergens and keep air quality clean.
5. Call for regular scheduled maintenance of A/C units and air filtering systems.
Breathing in clean healthy air is imperative to maintaining good health. The evidence that supports good air quality and allergens proves there is a strong connection. Controlling and eliminating as many of the sources of allergens is the key to improving air quality and your overall health.