I suffer from extremely severe allergy symptoms. At all times of the year, there is something in the air that makes me sneeze, cough, and come down with a headache. In the spring, there’s tons of pollen flying around, and in the summer, there’s freshly mowed grass. During the fall, the damp weather leads to mold spores, and in the winter, the inside of my house becomes excessively dry.
I spend most of my time in the house, hiding from outdoor pollutants. I do everything I can to make sure my house is as clean and healthy as possible. Indoor air quality is a priority, and I’ve invested heavily in my HVAC system. There is simply no way I can have the windows open in the summer and welcome in a bunch of bugs, dust, pollen and exhaust fumes. I rely on a central cooling system to circulate and filter the air, as well as maintain a comfortable temperature. Unfortunately, the air conditioner isn’t sufficient to handle the high relative humidity level. The air tends to feel hot and sticky, and it promotes the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
I have installed a whole-home dehumidifier to regulate the moisture levels during the cooling season. In the winter, because of severe weather, I need to run the furnace nonstop for months at a time. The heating system sucks moisture out of the air and leaves it far too dry. I have added a whole-home humidifier to introduce necessary moisture back into the air to promote superior warmth and comfort. While all of these measures are fairly expensive, they have helped to lower my monthly energy costs and combat my allergy symptoms.