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What Is Triggering Allergies in Your Southeast Michigan Home?As irritating as allergies are, one good thing about them is that they almost always have a traceable cause. In fact, many of the causes common in the Farmington Hills and Madison Heights area can be traced back to our relatively humid climate.

Pollen — Flower and tree pollen can enter your home even when you keep your windows and doors shut. If you have seasonal allergies, consider installing a high-efficiency air filter in your HVAC system. Look for a filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 11 or 12. A portable or whole-house air cleaner may also benefit you.

Dust mites — These microscopic allergy-aggravating bugs accumulate in bedding and furniture, and thrive in warm, humid homes. To discourage their growth, keep your indoor humidity below 50 percent, using a dehumidifier if necessary. Use allergen-proof pillow and mattress covers and wash your bedding in 130-degree water weekly.

MoldMold and mildew often develops in damp basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. The tiny airborne spores they produce cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Inspect your rooms for patches of mold and clean any you find with a mixture of water, detergent, and 3/4 cup bleach per gallon. For large patches, consult a mold remediation expert.

Cockroaches — Droppings and other debris from these pests are known to aggravate allergies. To keep roaches away, seal cracks around your windows, utility lines, and baseboards; keep all food, pet food and trash in sealed containers, and repair any leaky fixtures that supply roaches with water. If you’ve seen cockroaches, call an exterminator.

Pets — Not sure if you’re allergic to animals? Try spending a full half hour with the pet in question and notice if you develop any symptoms the next day. If you’re allergic, but want to keep your furry friend, keep your pet out of your bedroom, vacuum frequently, and wash your pet’s bedding weekly. Installing a high-efficiency HVAC filter can also help.

If you could use a little professional guidance on improving your indoor air quality, contact us at Aladdin Heating & Cooling, serving Farmington Hills, Madison Heights, and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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