Your home should be a safe haven, but you might not realize that there are asthma triggers lurking throughout your Illinois home. Luckily, there are many things you can do to keep your home free of contaminants, and these steps are beneficial whether or not someone in your home has asthma.

Dirty Filters

Dirty air filters are a major culprit for triggering an asthma attack. Once a filter gets clogged with dirty air infused with mold, dust mites, bacteria, and other substances, these particles can end up in your indoor air again. Check your air filters regularly and ensure that they are cleaned or replaced as needed. Doing so will help to improve the quality of your indoor air and improve airflow through your system. Unrestricted airflow will help your HVAC system to perform more efficiently.

Wood Smoke

The smoke from your fireplace contains particles and gases that can be harmful to those who suffer from respiratory issues. Limit the use of your fireplace if possible, and make sure it is always clean. It is also smart to have an expert inspect your fireplace yearly and repair any problems.

Pet Dander and Saliva

Although we love our pets, they can be major offenders for causing asthma attacks. Pet dander and saliva can make life very difficult for asthma sufferers. If possible, try to keep your pets away from areas frequented by persons with respiratory problems. Try to keep them away from bedrooms where contaminants can easily become trapped within bed linen. Keep pets clean. Also vacuuming and dusting thoroughly and regularly can also help to reduce the levels of these contaminants.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Many factors affect the quality of your indoor air. Regular cleaning, avoiding the use of products that contain harmful chemicals, and managing humidity levels, can go a long way toward improving the air quality in your home. Having a certified professional complete an IAQ inspection can alert you to other triggers and ways to improve your IAQ.

Once you know and understand the asthma triggers that could be present in your home, you can safeguard your home against them. Call 847-272-5836 to speak with the experts at Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, and find out how you can improve the air quality in your home.

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