How to Remove The Three Most Common Allergens In Your Home

Approximately 50 million North Americans suffer from indoor allergies.

Let’s face it, indoor allergens are the worst! They cause runny noses, sneezing, itchy eyes and make it difficult to breathe. Here at Afterglow, we want your home’s air to be as clean as possible, and for homeowners, that means understanding what indoor allergens you’re dealing with.

Here are the three main allergens Waterloo Region families will experience this spring and how to fight them:

1. Dust mites

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed on things like dust and hair. Gross, right? They thrive in warmer environments like rugs, upholstery, and bedding and are the most common trigger for indoor allergy sufferers — making them a major annoyance.

How to get rid of them: It’s impossible to completely remove dust mites from your home, but there are a few things you can do to reduce them in your home:

  • Wash blankets and bedding at least once a week in hot water.
  • When dusting, use a wet or damp cloth.
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture once a week.
  • Purchase a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in your home — this will keep dust mites from multiplying.

2. Mold

Mold is an indoor allergen that thrives in damp, humid areas like bathrooms and basements. Mold releases dangerous spores that can cause breathing issues and, in cases of poisonous molds, brain damage or death.

How to get rid of it: Combatting mold growth is a matter of reducing dampness in your home. If mold’s an indoor allergen you’re having issues with, here are a few ways to remove/reduce it:

  • Fix leaky pipes and check your HVAC system for standing water.
  • Use a mix of bleach and water to clean mold from surfaces.
  • Use a dehumidifier in particularly humid or damp areas, like your basement.
  • Consider HEPA air cleaner to reduce spores. 

3. Pet Dander

Pet dander is the flakes of dead skin produced when a pet with fur sheds. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not your pet’s fur that causes allergies to worsen, but an allergen in the dander.

How to get rid of it: Like dust mites, pet dander cannot completely be removed from your home. Here’s some ways to reduce indoor allergens caused by pets:

  • Minimize pet contact on rugs, upholstered furniture, and bedding.
  • Vacuum once a week.
  • If your pet has to be on the furniture, use slip covers, towels, or blankets to trap pet dander and hair.
  • Brush your pet daily and bathe them regularly.
  • HEPA air cleaner will remove pet dander.

Did you know regular springtime HVAC maintenance can reduce indoor allergens in your home? Call Afterglow today (519-747-7732) and schedule an appointment!

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The Top Five Benefits of Air Purifiers

Did you know that the average Canadian spends about 90% of their time indoors and that the EPA estimates indoor air can be 2-5 times dirtier than outdoor air? Don’t you want your home to be as clean and healthy as possible? Installing an air purifier can help you achieve this!

How do indoor air purifiers work?

Air purifiers pull the dirty air in your home through a series of filters that remove airborne particles like dust and bacteria. They then circulate the purified air back into the rooms in your home. This process repeats itself several times an hour, keeping your living space clean, healthy and comfortable.

If you don’t think an air purifier is a right choice for your home here are five reasons to reconsider:

1. Ensures your family is breathing clean air

The first benefit of an air purifier is that it improves the overall cleanliness of your indoor air by removing contaminants. With estimations of indoor air being 2-5 times dirtier than outdoor air (and sometimes up to 100% dirtier), a good air purifier ensures your breathing cleaner and healthier air.

2. Less pet mess

You may love your pet, but your furry friend releases pet dander, fur, and other airborne allergens into the air in your home—not to mention the smells! Whether you are allergic to pet dander or simply tired of dealing with tons of hair and persistent pet odors, an air purifier can help.

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3. Removes 99% of airborne bacteria

Fact: air purifiers remove up to 99% of airborne bacteria! Small airborne particles like pollen and mold spores float in the air, and can cause you and your family to get sick. By cycling the air in the room, an air purifier helps remove these airborne pollutants. This keeps everyone healthy!

4. Removes odours

By trapping airborne particles air purifiers also help control household odors. That means they can help make your home smell fresher faster after cooking foods or smoking tobacco—before they end up in your upholstery!

5. Limits seasonal allergies

Are any of your family members seasonal allergy sufferers? It’s extremely important for them to have an environment where they can be safe from the many types of pollens and molds that may trigger symptoms. An air purifier can deliver this safe and clean environment.

At Afterglow, we offer top-quality air purifiers. If you’re interested in purchasing an air purifier or learning more about their benefits, give us a call! 519-747-7732.

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Then and Now: The History of Air Conditioning

Who hasn’t sung the praises of air conditioning (AC) on a sweltering summer day? But who do we thank for this cooling convenience?

AC technology has greatly advanced to improve our overall comfort and health; let’s take a look at its history.

It started in Egypt

The basic concept behind AC is said to have started in Egypt. Ancient Egyptians would hang moistened reeds in their windows and as a result, the evaporation of water would cool the air.

Although this process is quite primitive compared to current technology, apparently it worked really well!

1902: AC was invented

RheemAD10.tifThe first large-scale electrical AC was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier, as a solution to keep muggy air in a printing plant from wrinkling magazine pages. Pretty cool, huh?

AC units were first installed residentially in 1914 and cost between $10,000 – $50,000. That would be $120,000 – $600,000 today.

1931: The first room AC was invented

H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman invented the first room AC in 1931. The unit sat on the ledge of a window, just as modern room ACs often do!

1933: The first private home to have AC

Realizing that AC would one day be a standard feature of private homes, particularly in regions with warmer climate, David St. Pierre DuBose designed a network of ductwork and vents for his home Meadowmont, North Carolina.

His home is believed to be one of the first private homes in North American equipped for central AC.

1970s: AC units made it into most North American homes

Post WWII, AC became something of a status symbol. Window units were a hot commodity, with over one million units sold in 1953. In the 1970s, central AC systems made their way into homes.

If you have questions about your AC, please don’t hesitate to contact your trusted HVAC professionals at Afterglow. Also, remember that your AC needs professional maintenance each season as well, so don’t forget to schedule your tune-up!


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