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Got Allergies? Watch Out for These Common Indoor Triggers

Got Allergies? Watch Out for These Common Indoor Triggers Our homes are often filled with indoor allergy triggers that can make the lives of certain household members miserable. To alleviate this problem, we suggest you watch out for these specific triggers in your home:

  • Dust mites: These microscopic insects love bedding and other soft furnishings. Your bedroom is full of them, so one way to tackle this issue is to wash your bedding in hot water once a week and encase your box spring, mattress and pillows in allergen-proof coverings.
  • Pet dander: Pet dander can be a huge irritant. If you’re planning to adopt a pet, choose either one that doesn’t produce dander or select a breed that’s known to shed less hair. For people who already have pets, be sure to wash them regularly and keep them off your furniture.
  • Pollen: You may think you’re safe if you have no plants in your home, but pollen often gets tracked in on our clothes and shoes. The best strategy is to change your clothes when you get home, stick them in a hamper and remove your shoes.
  • Mold: This pollutant likes to grow in areas of high moisture, so make sure you’re keeping susceptible areas, such as your bathroom and basement, as dry as possible. You may also want to install a UV light system in your HVAC system.
  • Cigarette smoke: The best advice we can give you is to do yourself a favor and quit. If you’re struggling, you can alleviate problems by smoking outside.
  • Cockroaches: We’re not trying to gross you out, but cockroach saliva and waste can get into your air and act as an irritant. It’s a good idea to hire an exterminator on a regular basis, especially if you spot one in your home.

For more expert advice on indoor allergy triggers, or if you have other home comfort concerns, contact the professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve San Diego and all surrounding areas with more than 100 years of combined experience.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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5 Ways to Keep Dust at Bay in Your Vista Home

5 Ways to Keep Dust at Bay in Your Vista Home Finding dust in your home is both annoying and frustrating, and it often seems like no matter how often you clean, it keeps coming back. Dust is made up of dead skin cells, animal dander, dust mites and many other elements that are dangerous to your health, especially if you have asthma and allergies. You can keep dust at bay with these simple tips:

  • Humidity & filters: Change the air filters in your HVAC system once a month, as creased filters catch more dust. Some are even electro statically charged to attract pollen and allergens. The ideal humidity in your home should be at around 45 percent. Get a professional to test your home’s humidity level and advise you on how to use your air conditioner effectively.
  • Keep closets tidy: Closets are stacked with fibers from clothes covered in dust. Store your clothes in plastic bags or containers to minimize shedding, and keep the floors of your closet clear, so you can vacuum or dust mop over them when cleaning. You can also store shoes on racks or wire shelves to keep your floors clear.
  • Use the right equipment: Feather dusters and dry rags only move dust from one place to another. Use a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to capture dust properly — even a wet rag will do the trick. Ensure that you clean frequently to keep dust at bay.
  • Frequent bedding change: Dust mites love to live in linen and mattresses. Encase your pillows and mattresses with allergen free cases and wash your linens once a week.
  • Eliminate carpeting: Carpets are high maintenance and attract dust mites easily. If you have carpets, vacuum them daily. However, there’s no guarantee you’ll totally get rid of all the dust mites. Rather, stick to hardwood or tile flooring.

For more expert advice on how to keep dust at bay, of if you have other issues related to home comfort, please contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We serve all of San Diego and Southern Riverside County with more than 100 years combined experience.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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How Does House Mold Affect People?

How Does House Mold Affect People? Living in a house with mold can be quite dangerous. If you suffer from mold allergies, it might be difficult for you to live comfortably, since you’ll likely feel ill or develop an allergic reaction as a result.

When you decide on buying a house, it’s advisable that you ensure no patches exist. Proper home inspection is a good way to identify areas where mold is likely to develop. Mold likes to thrive in damp spaces, such as your bathroom and shower.

Effects of Mold on People

Mold is toxic and is known to produce substances scientifically referred to as mycotoxins, as well as irritants and allergens. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, house mold is dangerous and is known to cause death in humans.

Too much exposure to house mold can result in endless headaches, fatigue, dizziness and nose bleeding. Even in people who aren’t allergic to mold, they may experience skin, nose, throat and eye irritation.

In children, exposure to house mold has been linked to an increase in asthma. A study on indoor mold and its effects on health estimates that a significant percentage — 3 to 90 percent — of the U.S population tested positive for mold allergens without the presence of symptoms.

How to Remove House Mold

Removing mold can be done by using commercial soaps, bleach solution and water. As a protective measure, remember to wear gloves that are non-porous, as well as protective eye wear. Windows and doors should also be left open to circulate fresh air.

Preventing Molds

Removing mold in your house can be a daunting task. This is where you need to seek for professional advice. You can also try handling the problem yourself, but you to need deal with the moisture issue, which contributes to the development of mold. Professionals can install heating and air conditioning thermostats, which help prevent mold from building up.

Are you experiencing mold problems in your home? You can contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning today to seek professional advice on how to deal with the problem.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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