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While sneezing and chest tightness are often the symptoms of many ailments, they are also a result of airborne allergens. When you clean or vacuum the home, this stirs up dust in the air, often worsening breathing conditions, especially for those with asthma or respiratory problems. In addition, household cleaning products and indoor smoking further exacerbate the problem. If you aren’t sure just what’s in the air in your Woodbridge, Virginia, home, an indoor air quality evaluation will prove beneficial. The following are two of the most common airborne allergens.

Mold Spores

Mold isn’t always present because of negligence or poor cleaning habits. Sometimes conditions in the home such as hidden leaks can cause hazardous fungi to thrive. When mold grows and spreads throughout the home via the air ducts, it causes many health problems including coughing and wheezing. To eradicate mold, you must locate its source and remove the problem. This often involves cleaning your HVAC system or cutting out the infected drywall. However, it is sometimes difficult for you to find the origin, making an indoor air quality assessment a valuable tool.

Dust & Dust Mites

Dust is the most troublesome allergen to rid from your home, because no matter how much you clean, it is always present. Within the dust lurk dust mites, which are one of the biggest villains of poor respiratory health. These critters cause itching, sneezing, runny nose, and coughing. To minimize the effects of dust mites, try to stir up as little dirt as possible when cleaning by using damp material or material made specifically for removing dust. In severe cases, you may also want to consider getting a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter for your HVAC system and vacuum cleaner.

When it comes to the health of your family, don’t leave anything to chance. Instead, take care of these problems before they get out of control. If you need someone to help you along the way, the experts at Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning are always ready to lend a helping hand. You may contact us with any question, concern, or service need by visiting our website or calling us at 703-763-0399.

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