Breathe Easy in St. Louis and Prevent Allergies This Fall

November 17, 2015

Spring is not the only season that triggers allergies; fall can be equally bad. As the weather turns cooler, it brings a new set of allergens in the air causing symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and running nose. The American Lung Association has stated that the St. Louis area is among the top 20 most polluted areas in the United States. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home’s indoor air quality is two times more polluted compared to the outside air. This, coupled with seasonal allergies, can make it difficult for people to breathe easy, so here are some tips to help you have a sneeze-free fall. In this post, we will discuss some tips to maintain your indoor air quality and prevent allergies. What Causes Seasonal Allergies Allergies are the body’s first reaction to a foreign substance. People who are allergic may experience a severe reaction to allergens such as pollen and dust. Other people might not react at all to these allergens, but some may start experiencing symptoms as soon as they come in contact. Fall allergies, such as rag weed or ambrosia, is one of the top pollen producing allergy triggers. As soon as the body detects...

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How Clean Is the Air Inside Your Home?

February 6, 2015

With so much focus on energy efficiency, indoor air quality is at times overlooked. Poor indoor air quality can lead to different types of illness and painful side effects. So how do you find that happy medium where your HVAC system and home are energy efficient, but the air quality is clean? How to Recognize Poor Air Quality in Your Home You can not see the micro-organisms floating around in the air that you breathe, but there are other signs that let you know when they are there: Condensation build up on the inside of your windows, in the walls, and on appliances and fixtures. Mold growth under sinks or in the bathroom. Heating and cooling equipment that has become overridden with scaling. A sense of stuffiness when you enter your home. Physical Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality All of these signs are pointing to a house that has become rampant with dust and mold spores that are continuously being recycled into your breathing air. Before long, you and your family may begin to feel physical symptoms including: persistent and unexplained headaches frequent sinus infections frequent lung infections like bronchitis or even pneumonia unexplained coughing or difficulty in breathing If it seems as if someone in your home...

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What to Look for When Choosing an Air Purifier

September 5, 2013

Your best defense against poor indoor air quality is having an air purifier installed in your home.  Should you invest in an air purification system for your home? Your best defense against poor indoor air quality is having an air purifier installed in your home. If you or a family member has problems with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, an air purifier could help. Before you invest in any type of air purifying system though you should first take steps to keep your home as free of pollutants as possible. This means sealing any air leaks. Air is constantly leaking both into and out of your home. Setting up an air filtration system will do little good if you do not first take care of this problem. Due to air leaks, the air in the average home is replaced by outside air about every two hours. As you can imagine, this could render any air purifying relatively worthless. There are a few additional steps you should take to make sure that could make a big difference. Look at this checklist and see if there are any: ●    Are you vacuuming frequently? ●    Have you had your house tested for...

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