During allergy season our workplaces and homes should serve as a refuge from airborne allergens such as pollen in the air outside. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and IAQ can become an issue for those suffering from seasonal asthma. A recent study by Johns Hopkins University found that increased levels of indoor air pollutants often heighten the severity of asthma symptoms.
Below are four things to consider when protecting your indoor space from allergens that can worsen asthma:
Fight dust mites on their turf before they invade your indoor air
Keep carpets clean by vacuuming frequently. It’s better to have a proactive approach to catching dust at the source rather than letting it float up into the air. Carpets are particularly notorious for decreasing indoor air quality. This is especially true during allergy season, when carpets collect the increased levels of dust and pollen brought in from the outside.
Crank the air-conditioning up and let the filters work for you
Modern HVAC filters can be extremely efficient at removing allergens from the air. Well maintained heating and air conditioning systems also do a good job keeping humidity low and under control, which can trigger asthma attacks if not properly monitored. Investing in high-quality filters can save your business money in the long term, and also serve to lower allergen levels in your building. For maximum efficiency, install air filters with a MERV 11 rating or higher, and establish a regular schedule for filter change outs.
Dehumidifiers are friends and can help keep dust mites under control
Humidity can contribute to the buildup of dust mites and other indoor air pollutants. If you live or work in a particularly humid area, dehumidifiers can help contain the allergens that make asthma symptoms flare. Keeping humidity contained will also go a long way in preventing mold from building up, which can also have a devastating effect on those suffering from asthma.
Preventive care can go a long way in keeping your building allergen free
Making sure you stay on top of regular cleaning and maintenance during allergy season means less wheezing and coughs for your building occupants. Regularly change air filters to ensure that they maintain maximum efficiency and keep harmful particles out of your building. Additionally, make sure employees and building occupants keep surfaces clean and uncluttered to keep mites from collecting.
Managing asthma can be a challenge during allergy season, but you can take steps to make your building a safe haven for those who suffer from it. With a cleaning and maintenance strategy in place, and defenses established to combat air particles, you’re tenants will have a better chance of breathing easy through allergy season.