ALLERGY & ASTHMA TRIGGERS

By: Patricia Cermignano

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has named the month of May as "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month", as it is when allergy season reaches its peak. This annual awareness campaign is intended to help further educate people on allergies and asthma. To align with the mission of this campaign, our company- Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.- wants to take this opportunity to educate our customers on common allergy and asthma triggers from a HVAC perspective.

 

Common Allergy & Asthma Triggers

Five common allergy and asthma triggers that people should be aware of are:

  1. Pollen- 7% of adults and 9% of children are affected by seasonal allergies
  2. Relative Humidity- the higher the humidity level means that more mites and mold exist
  3. Dust Mites- one of the worst indoor triggers, and it can even cause asthma
  4. Pet Dander- cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies
  5. Chemical Pollutants- offgassed by building materials, carpet and upholstery can cause severe reactions

         Source: Air Advice for Homes, 2017

 

Where are Common Areas of Contamination in a Home?

It is not only important to know what common areas of contamination in a home are, but to also know what type of contaminants to look for in each of those areas.

  • Bedrooms- dust and dust mites, bacteria and viruses, pet dander
  • Attic- asbestos, dust, formaldehyde
  • Bathrooms- mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses, household cleaning agents
  • Living Areas- carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, organic chemicals (from carpeting, furniture, glues and varnishes), pet dander
  • Garage- carbon monoxide, paints and solvents, mold and mildew, gasoline fumes, pesticides and herbicides
  • Kitchen- carbon dioxide, household cleaning agents, formaldehyde, smoke
  • Yard- pollen, dust, pesticides and herbicides

       Source: Air Advice for Homes, 2017

 

To help better manage the indoor air quality (IAQ) in a home, there are three steps to take:

  1. Have your home's air tested by one of our certified HVAC professionals. It only takes 30 minutes.
  2. Review the IAQ solutions recommended by our company based on the results generated from the IAQ 30-minute test, and install/implement the IAQ solutions to help manage filtration, ventilation and humidity control as needed.
  3. Maintain your HVAC system by having bi-annual maintenance performed each year.

 

For more information on common allergy and asthma triggers or IAQ solutions, please call our office at 610-642-6323 or visit our website to learn more.