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Invisible irritants. A variety of indoor air pollutants can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory ailments. Some airborne pollutants (like mold) are microscopic organisms, while others are chemical compounds or particulates.
Asthma affects about 23 million Americans, including 7 million children. Attacks and reactions can be triggered by everything from foods to exercise. If you or a member of your family suffers from asthma or allergies, controlling the air quality in your home can reduce symptoms. Commonly inhaled household allergens include dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, and cockroach.
As with any indoor air quality problem, it's important to begin by ensuring adequate ventilation and air cleaning. Energy recovery ventilation systems, air cleaners, improved HVAC filtration, in-duct humidifier maintenance, and duct cleaning, sealing and insulating can all help. An aggressive cleaning campaign is essential as well.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends the encasement of pillows, mattresses and box springs and weekly laundering of bedding. Vacuuming twice weekly with a model equipped with a HEPA filter or special double filter bag and damp-cloth dusting are also advised.
Bolster-DeHart, Inc. can help evaluate your home's efficiency and indoor air quality to better provide an understanding to the sources and solutions for your specific home's needs. We offer our many services in Pittsburgh, Butler, Washington, and neighboring areas such as Cranberry Twp, Wexford, Coraopolis, Mckeesport, Mars, Allison Park, Aliquippa, and more. Also check out our home energy audit, which we use to diagnose your home's energy problems.
Recent studies show that damp houses may be a cause of asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions -- and even of developing asthma in the first place -- because excess moisture allows mold to thrive. Mold spores, particles from dead mold, and digested bits of the substrate upon which the mold grew can all contribute to reactions the studies suggest. Dust mites also rely upon warm humid conditions. They die when the humidity falls below 40 to 50 percent and are not usually found in dry climates.
Bolster-DeHart, Inc. can help you identify sources of moisture and recommend ways to reduce and in some cases eliminate it all together. Common sources of moisture issues include high humidity; condensation on uninsulated pipes, ducts, and heating and cooling equipment; and water leaks in plumbing, foundations, roofs or anywhere else in the building envelope. Dehumidifiers, duct and pipe sealing and insulation, basement waterproofing and crawlspace encapsulation, and a thorough inspection of the home's HVAC, plumbing, roofing, siding, and flashing can help eliminate water leaks and reduce mold populations.
We at Bolster-DeHart, Inc. want to help your family enjoy your home and remain as healthy as possible. We believe in the benefits of proper insulation and other services and how they can improve your home's energy efficiency and health. Contact us today to schedule a home energy audit that we can use to pinpoint the sources of the discomfort and energy problems you're experiencing.
Many times, energy deficiency and unhealthy homes are one in the same. We can fix both. We proudly service in and around: Pittsburgh, Butler, Washington, Wexford, Cranberry Twp, Mckeesport, Coraopolis, Aliquippa, Mars, Allison Park, and more areas throughout Greater Pittsburgh.
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