Mold is a common culprit when it comes to allergies. It can hide to the extent that you don’t even know it’s there unless you have the property examined by a professional and tested for mold. Mold not only threatens the structure of your property, but it can dramatically affect your health with long-term effects.
Symptoms of Mold Allergy
Many mold allergy symptoms are similar to those of other allergies like sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, and wheezing. Mold can exacerbate allergy symptoms that might otherwise be relatively mild. You might be allergic to one type of mold but not another. Mold allergies can fluctuate during the year, becoming stronger and affecting a person with the allergy more during humid months. Mold can cause migraines to the degree of debilitation in some people.
Risks of Mold Allergies
Some people tend to react to the presence of mold spores more than others. An allergy to mold or other allergens can be hereditary to some extent. You might not notice a mold allergy until you start spending time in a different location, such as a new job with more exposure to mold or a new home in a more humid climate.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Air quality can be poor for reasons other than or in addition to mold. Simple ways to improve the overall air quality of your home include:
Keep humidity down. A fan in the bathroom and a dehumidifier for other rooms in your home will help keep mold and mildew at bay.
Have your air filter changed regularly. Once per season is a good rule of thumb for keeping your filter free from dust, pollen, and other contaminants floating around.
Add some foliage to your home environment. Certain plants have been found to help rid indoor air of pollutants. The Peace Lily, spider plant, and pothos are easy to care for and will add a touch of color to your home in addition to helping improve your air quality.
Have your air ducts cleaned regularly. Ducts can draw in outside pollutants as well as recirculate air impurities in your home. A professional can help keep the contaminants down.
If you or a family member is suffering from allergies that could be related to mold, contact us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation and estimate.