As a parent in Corolla, North Carolina, you take care to limit your children’s exposure to allergens outside the home. But what about inside? Indoor air can be just as dirty or even dirtier than the air outside. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve allergy symptoms at home and help your children breathe easier.

Use Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can be a good choice for some people. Saline nasal irrigation can help wash out mucus and allergens that get in your child’s nose and cause them to sneeze. Vitamin C can help your child’s body slow down its overreaction to environmental triggers. Foods and beverages containing quercetin can help stabilize the release of histamines and control allergy symptoms. These include:

  • Grapes.
  • Berries.
  • Cherries.
  • Apples.
  • Citrus fruits.
  • Onions.
  • Buckwheat.
  • Broccoli.

Change Your Air Filter

Another great way to reduce allergy symptoms is to change your air filter. Dirty air filters cause more dust to circulate through your home. As a result, they reduce the quality of the air and aggravate your child’s allergy symptoms.

When looking for an air filter, choose one that has a higher MERV rating. Filters with higher ratings remove more small pollutants. For example, filters with a MERV rating of 6 remove lint, household dust and pollen. Filters that have a MERV rating of 8 also remove dust mites and spores. Residential HVAC systems can handle filters with a MERV rating of up to 12.

Install an Air Cleaner

Installing an air cleaner in your home can greatly improve your indoor air quality. While a high-rated MERV filter can catch a lot of allergens, an air cleaner can purify your air even better with a finer filter. It can remove allergy triggers like dust, pet hair, dander, pollen, smoke and even bacteria. As a result, it’ll keep your indoor air feeling as fresh and clean as possible.

A professional contractor who specializes in HVAC maintenance and indoor air quality can replace your air filter. Contact North Beach Services Heating and Cooling at 252-231-3884 to learn more about the services we provide that can help improve your child’s allergy symptoms.

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