Do you find the need to keep your inhaler by your bed? Does the slightest amount of dust set off your asthma symptoms? Are you prone to sinus infections and dry skin? If you’ve answered ‘YES’ to all these questions, it sounds like you may have issues in your home that trigger your asthma.
Alleviating asthma symptoms in your home requires you to assess a number of things, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Check when you last replaced humidifier filters. If you suffer from asthma, it’s a good idea to keep a journal or make a note in your calendar to track when you last changed out your filter, and to document any allergy outbreaks or asthma attacks. For asthma and allergy sufferers, the humidity level should be kept below 55%, according to theAmerican College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
- Dust/mop/vacuum frequently. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and clean and replace the filter regularly. Check out our list on how to get rid of dust here.
- Check the duct system. Cleaning and checking the duct system in your home is a valuable step for protecting the air you breathe.Contaminants like pollen and dust can enter into the home through leaky ducts. John’s offers a duct sealing service that can help.
These steps should be carried out frequently as a homeowner, especially if you or a family member suffers from asthma. But in order to get to the root cause of asthma symptoms, we suggest you contact John’s to schedule your home energy audit. This will not only maximize the comfort of your home, but it will make sure it runs more efficiently, while identifying where improvements need to be made. Once we have completed the energy audit and made our recommendations, you’ll be able establish what is possible for your budget and home.