Most allergy sufferers think of springtime as the worst season for severe symptoms. But if you don’t regularly clean your home and filter its air, your home can become a year-round haven for harmful pollutants. Here are three indoor air quality threats lurking in your Belmonth, North Carolina, home this fall and how you can eliminate them.

Dust

Scientists have recently found that indoor dust contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals that can lead to myriad health hazards, including problems with fertility and cancer. From flooring and electrical equipment to beauty and cleaning products, these chemicals shed from a wide range of common household products. Children are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of contaminated dust, since they often play on the floor and touch their mouths.

IAQ Solution: Check your HVAC air filter monthly, and change it at least every three months.

Ragweed

If you suffer from allergies, you’re probably well aware of the effects that ragweed can have on your health. In the fall, it can downright haunt you. A ragweed plant produces about one billion pollen grains that can travel up to 400 miles in the wind. Although a clean air filter traps some of these grains, an air purifier works even better to eliminate them.

IAQ Solution: Invest in an air purifier that kills bacteria, viruses and allergens like ragweed in your home.

Mold

Mold is a major part of the natural environment. Outdoors, it breaks down dead organic matter. But inside your home, it can impact your health. Mold thrives in high humidity, and it might start to grow inside your house when spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many different types of mold. None of them will grow without moisture or water.

IAQ Solution: Consider purchasing a whole-home dehumidifier to prevent high humidity and hinder mold growth.

Don’t let poor indoor air quality ruin your Halloween and holiday season. Contact Steve Davis Heating & Air Conditioning at 704-810-0773 to learn more about our services and solutions that can help you breathe easier at home.