Healthy Homes

Preparing for allergy season with healthy homes

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:01

The coming of spring brings with it long periods of sunlight, foliage on trees and unfortunately for some, allergies. This problem can be exacerbated by the presence of more contaminants in a home, as individuals may not feel relief indoors or outdoors.

According to NBC 5 News Bismarck, people often despise the coming of spring because of allergies, as pollen can be carried hundreds of miles by the wind. These affected individuals often seek refuge in their own homes, but many houses contain contaminants of their own.

And for some people, there is no solution to the constant bombardment of allergies that they are forced to endure.

"Allegra, Claritin, nothing cuts it," one Bismarck, North Dakota resident told the news source. "I go to a doctor every year, but they always tell me there`s nothing they can do."

The beginning of spring is often the worst for people with allergies, as the temperature is not high enough so that heating systems - often one of the causes of sniffling and dry eyes during winter months - can be turned off and this is combined with the new presence of pollen and other allergens.

The removal of old and conventional heating systems from a home can go a long way toward eliminating the presence of indoor allergens in a residence.

While older products may actually contribute allergens and contaminants into the air, through the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents, new technology like a Warmboard radiant heating system does not have any exterior fixtures.

Warmboard systems do not produce any air particles that are negative, allowing a homeowner to run their heating system all day without having to worry about affecting people with allergies.