Why Your Dirty Attic Needs to Be Cleaned

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Within the next few days, you’ll be headed into the attic to bring down all of the holiday decorations for the coming month. When you make your journey into the attic, take the time to give it a quick inspection. If you and your family are easily affected by asthma or allergies, it will most likely need a good cleaning.

Dirty Dust
It will come to no surprise to find that your attic is filled with dust — and a lot of it. These dust particles are made up of dust mites, dirt, dead skin, pollen, insect parts, and a mix of dander from pets and vermin. Too much of this dust will not only lower your home’s indoor air quality, but it can also trigger allergic reactions.

DIY Cleaning
When you make the decision to clean your attic of dust, make sure you wear a face mask that has been approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Begin by dusting the attic from top to bottom, including rafters, eaves, walls, light fixtures, fans, doors, etc. Make sure you use an electrostatically charged cloth when dusting, as dust will cling to this material better. Afterward, vacuum the entire attic using a HEPA filter inside of your vacuum cleaner.

Meddling Mold
Having an attic filled with dust is bad, but having one filled with mold is even worse! Roof leaks, poor insulation, and spotty caulking can lead to increased moisture problems within the attic. Since it only takes 48 hours for mold to begin growing, any mold that is currently present in your attic has most likely been there for a while (unless you take weekly trips into your attic). When mold is found, contact a professional to remove and treat the mold problem immediately.

An attic should be used as additional living or storage space for you and your belongings, not for dust and mold. When you need your attic professionally cleaned of dust and mold, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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Proven Ways to Relieve Your Fall Allergies

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Fall is the season of cool, comfortable temperatures that prepare us for the upcoming winter season. There’s nothing better than enjoying a nice 55 degrees day — that is, until your fall allergies start acting up. If your fall allergies are constantly ruining your day, look to these proven methods for relief.

Closed for the Morning
Feeling that cool fall breeze on your skin is one of the best feelings, especially since it costs exactly zero dollars! However, try to resist opening your windows first thing in the morning. This is the time where high levels of pollen can enter your home. Ease your allergy symptoms by keeping your windows closed until at least noon.

Nighttime Showers
Many people like to shower in the morning before work or school, but consider showering at night if you have fall allergies. Going to bed without showering could mean that you are sleeping in a bed of ragweed and pollen for your usual 7-8 hours. Shower before bed and you might wake up without the sniffles.

Air Duct Cleaning
Keeping windows open all day, walking around with your shoes on, and refusing to dust and vacuum are surefire ways to have a high amount of allergens in your home. These allergens can mix with your household dust and settle in the ductwork of your HVAC system. The air traveling through your system will circulate these allergens, forcing you to breathe them in. If you haven’t had your air ducts cleaned in at least two years, now is the perfect time to do so.

A combination of these fall allergy relievers will allow you to breathe easy with minimal allergy symptoms. If you want to remove any allergens that are sitting in the ductwork of your home, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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Summertime Allergy & Asthma Triggers

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Everyone’s favorite season is summer, but not for the people with allergies and asthma. There are certain allergens that only exist in the summer and they can be just as bad as the pollen you see in the spring. Make sure to avoid these summertime allergy and asthma triggers.

Fruits & Vegetables
Common grass allergies will make it difficult for many people to eat certain fruits and veggies. Peaches, melons, apples, celery, etc. will make your lips, mouth, and throat tingle during consumption if you happen to be allergic. The allergic reaction is rarely dangerous, but it’s best to avoid consuming these normally delicious and healthy foods.

Insect Stings
There are a lot of summertime pests that will bite or sting you. Wasps, honey bees, yellow jackets, hornets, fire ants, etc. can deliver a powerful sting that will seriously harm anyone that is allergic to them. If you’re allergic to any of these pests’ stings, be sure to cover up when staying outside, avoid wearing bright colored clothing, and always carry an injector pen to combat the allergic reaction.

Campfires
Nothing screams summer like sitting by a campfire with friends and family, roasting marshmallows and listening to music. However, the smoke coming off of the campfire can be a nightmare for those with asthma. Any type of smoke is an asthma trigger so it’s best stay away from the fire. Rather than missing out on the festivities, sit with your back to the breeze so the smoke blows away from you.

Allergies and asthma can make it difficult for a person to breathe, especially when there are even more allergens to worry about in the summer. If you’re looking to keep allergen levels low inside of your home, contact EnviroGreen Boston for a professional air duct cleaning. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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Natural Ways to Alleviate Allergies

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If you’re prone to allergies then the springtime is probably not your favorite time of year. However, you don’t have to sit and suffer through this sneezy time period. There are multiple ways in which you can naturally alleviate your allergies.

Honey for Hay Fever
There are many people that are allergic to different types of pollen and eating honey is the perfect way to build up an immunity. Since there are grains of pollen in honey you should be eating a few tablespoons of it per day. Always try to buy local honey because it will contain pollen from the areas in which you live.

Algae for Allergies
If honey isn’t your cup of tea then try out a supplement or drink that contains spirulina. This blue-green algae is an anti-inflammatory that can soften your immune system’s reaction to allergens.

Sage for Sore Throats
Sore throats are always painful due to the raw tissue in your throat. To help heal the throat, add a teaspoon or two of sage to boiling water. Gargle with this water and allow the natural antiseptics and astringents to work their magic.

Stay Clear with Spices
With allergies comes mucus, and you can thin out your mucus by adding more spicy foods to your daily diet. You can also try adding more garlic and onions to your meals since they also act as decongestants. If you’re not into spicy foods, add a teaspoon of hot sauce to a glass of water and throw it back.

When you’ve finally had it up to here with allergies, give these home remedies a shot. In addition, have you air ducts professionally cleaned by EnviroGreen Boston so your home can be rid of any residual allergens. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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