Common Spring Allergies in the Home

Spring is in full bloom! For some of us it’s a welcomed season. For others, they feel more than the extra sunshine, they feel the congestion. Spring allergies come in full force thanks to the fresh pollen in the air, but indoors is where allergy and asthma sufferers might experience it the worst.

What exactly causes indoor allergies? Allergies in the home are made up of a number of substances and can provoke allergic reactions. They are typically small enough to be airborne, making them easily inhaled. The most common indoor allergens come from:

  • Dust
  • Mold spores
  • Fabrics
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Rodents
  • Houseplants
  • Outside pollen

While no home can be completely allergen-free, proper cleaning on a regular basis can help reduce the number of allergens to which you’re exposed.


Proper Dusting. One of the best ways to control indoor allergens is by getting rid of dust. Use a damp or treated cloth that attracts dust rather than scattering it. For those with particularly bad allergies, consider wearing a dust mask when cleaning.

Vacuum to Reduce Allergens. Vacuuming in areas that accumulate more dust, such as carpeting and furniture can help control allergens in your home. Best practice to reduce household allergens is to vacuum at least once a week.

Wash Bedding to Remove Allergens. Dust mites tend to thrive in bedding, pillows, and throw rugs. At least once a week, wash pillowcases, sheets, and blankets. Something to keep in mind when it comes to fabric allergies is the type of fabric and detergents being used. Some people are sensitive to polyester and others need very gentle cleaning solutions.

Reduce Pet Dander. The protein found in the saliva, urine, and dander of our furry friends is a common allergen for many people. Vacuuming frequently and grooming your pet regularly can help reduce pet allergy exposure. If you have someone in your home that is especially prone to animal allergens, it might be a good idea to designate their spaces as “pet-free” zones.

Air Duct Cleanings. Having your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 is recommended, but if you have allergies or asthma, every 3 years is highly recommended. We clean the most unsanitary part of their homes, the air ducts, and our services reduce the amount of allergy and asthma triggers throughout the home. Pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, and mold spores settle in the duct work, when it is time to turn on the AC, it kicks up all that debris and makes it airborne, ultimately causing more agitation.

We provide a service that can reduce indoor allergens and provide some relief.


While everyone with or without Spring allergies should be regularly cleaning their home to prevent airborne illnesses, professional help might be next. Hiring on experts in air duct cleaning for mold and allergens will help keep your home’s airways clear of dust and pests. After all, Spring allergies are one thing, but mold can become sinister for respiratory health.

Help protect your home and air quality by putting a plan together for the restoration of your air ducts. For more information on your home needs, contact Air Duct Maintenance, Inc. at (724) 444-4550.

Keep Your Home Clear of Mold

Mold is one of those alarming words that any homeowner fears. While mold is essential to breaking down organic materials outdoors, mold exposure is not something fun for your home.

The Dangers of Unattended Mold

In some cases, mold in your home can make you sick, but especially if you have allergies or asthma. Whether or not you’re allergic to molds, consistent mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, possibly causing shortness of breath or respiratory illnesses.

The most common way for mold to cause illness is through airborne spores that can make it into your airways and sinuses. Keeping this in mind, mold loves growing in dark, moist places, making vents and ductwork an ideal breeding ground.

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