As a residential and commercial carpet cleaning service provider in the Upper Valley region, we have worked with many businesses and homeowners in dealing with allergies. In 1989, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) created a program, known as the (NAEPP) National Asthma Education and Prevention Program to address asthma and allergy issues in the United States. From these reports, it gives healthcare providers throughout the U.S. guidance on how to help people prevent asthma triggers.
Asthma/Allergy symptoms can worsen during the winter months depending on the environment that you live in. Aside from dry, cold winter weather that often irritates airways, the more time you spend indoors means more exposure to indoor irritants. If you have allergies to pet dander and dust, then the winter season can bring an increased risk of viruses that can aggravate your asthma or allergies.
Winter Triggers Outdoors
For some people, the outdoor climate can be a major factor. Cold weather can cause your airway to react, triggering asthma. Another thing to look for is outdoor winter exercise that can trigger bronchoconstriction in your airways worsening symptoms of asthma. It can be tricky for some people as a lack of vitamin D which we get from the sun can lead to worsening symptoms of asthma.
Winter Triggers Indoors
Your indoor environment might be a greater trigger for your asthma in the winter because of the particles that will stay in the air and trapped on carpets and furniture. Some of those indoor air pollutants are:
- Dust Mites
- Indoor Molds
- Insect and Mouse Allergens
- Animal Dander
Your first thought might be to extreme clean your home, but that is not always the best solution to control allergies and asthma indoors. Some cleaners can trigger asthma symptoms. Turning on the furnace (especially forced hot air) can stir up asthma-inducing particles from the vents that have sat all summer waiting to be released into the air.
If you are noticing that your breathing tends to be more labored during the fall and winter seasons, or you feel chest tightening, you should talk to your doctor about these respiratory symptoms. Some people have mild symptoms and don’t get diagnosed for asthma, but these symptoms and others should not go unnoticed or seen by a professional.
Your Home: Preventative
- Use a HEPA filter in your home heating system
- Don’t let dust accumulate in the air vents
- Hire a professional HVAC company to clean and change all filters throughout your heating system
- Avoid contact with people that are sick with the flu, COVID and any other respiratory illness
- Wash your hands often throughout the day
- Get sun exposure often to increase your vitamin D
- Professionally clean all the carpets in your home before winter season
- Eat healthy foods to boost your immune system
A Goodrich Cleaning we work with business owners and residential customers throughout the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire to put in place a cleaning plan that helps reduce allergens inside your home or office. We have years of experience in cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and carpets to reduce viruses and allergens.