Your Allergies Can Be Triggered by the AC

Allergies cause irritating symptoms, such as watery eyes and a runny or itchy nose. The symptoms can be controlled by antihistamines or nasal sprays. By using the HVAC system, dirty ducts may spread allergens in the home. Pollen, dust mites or pet dander can be among the allergens. Be in control of allergies by maintaining your house. Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning is here to assist you! You can visit our website or call us today to get a free quote. We want you to be healthy again.


allergies-sneezing-dustAllergic reactions to trees, grasses and weeds are characterized by runny or stuffy noses, itchy and watery eyes, and congestion. These allergies are more common in the spring but can also happen in the summer and fall. Some people may have symptoms year-round if they suffer from chronic sinusitis, or asthma. Pollen from birches is particularly bothersome for some.

During allergy seasons, it is important to avoid outdoor activity on days where pollen counts are at their highest. The best thing to do is stay inside and use air conditioners that cool and dry the atmosphere. Keep the fan going if you shut off the AC so pollen doesn’t settle in the air and affect your allergies. Keep your windows closed and wear a mask if you need to go outside. You can protect your eyes by wearing wraparound glasses and delegating yard work. Rinse after being outdoors to remove pollen. Brush off your pets to avoid them bringing pollen in the house. This is especially important if you have left your pets lying on a couch, bed, or other furniture.

When someone is allergic to pollens, their immune system misinterprets the tiny spores and releases antibodies which attack them. This causes the release of chemicals known as histamines that are responsible for most symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.

Allergy testing helps pinpoint what types of allergens cause your symptoms. The physician or allergist asks you questions about the symptoms that you are experiencing, then performs a skin test. You will be pricked with tiny amounts of various allergens, and you will then be watched for red, raised bumps. These tests can determine which medication is most suitable for you. You can then purchase antihistamines as well as nasal sprays and eye drops to relieve symptoms. For severe asthma or chronic sinusitis, an allergist may prescribe stronger drugs like corticosteroids. These medications target the root cause of allergies instead of just treating symptoms. They may be more effective than OTC drugs. Although these drugs can be expensive, they can significantly improve your quality-of-life. You should visit an allergy specialist before you become desperate to get relief from your allergies. Your doctor will find a plan of treatment that suits your budget and needs.

Dust Mites

Allergies result from the immune system’s reaction to irritants such as pollens, dust mites or molds, chemical vapors and smoke. These irritants are absorbed into the body by skin contact and through breathing. Watery eyes and runny nasal passages, sneezing or itchy skin can be symptoms of allergy. A doctor can prescribe medicines to relieve allergy symptoms.

Dust mites can trigger allergies because they release allergens made of fragments from their body and feces. In warm, moist environments, they thrive. They live in old clothes, pillows, carpets, rugs and even stuffed toys. Also, they are found in the air ducts of homes where they can release them into the air.

Dust mites eat tiny human skin flakes that are shed daily to survive. They also absorb moisture in the air. They will die if humidity levels drop. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid climates but can be found anywhere.

Allergy victims are more sensitive to these microscopic creatures’ droppings. The mites can cause nasal obstruction, sneezing or rashes if they are inhaled, or if they encounter someone who is sensitive. Atrophic Rhinitis can be caused by irritation of the respiratory epithelium that lines the nose and the sinuses.

By replacing carpeting with wood or tile floors, you can reduce the number of dust mites that live in your home. It is important to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter (high efficiency, purifying the air). Washing bedding, including pillowcases and sheets, regularly in hot water can help reduce dust mites. You should use synthetic, polyester or cotton fibers in your bedroom fabric instead of wool. The bedroom should be free of fabric draperies, window treatments and curtains. Instead, wooden, or plastic shades or blinds can be used. The purchase of a mattress with a box spring that has zippered dust and allergen proof covers can also protect the sleeping area against dust mites.

Air duct cleaning is a great way to treat dust mites, and allergies. Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning can offer you a complete duct cleaning! It is important to have this done when you move into a new home or if it hasn’t been done since you moved in. Even though dust and pet dander may be hidden in your system, this does not mean that they are clean. Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning takes before and after photos of your ducts to show you what was cleaned.air-duct-dust

Pet Hair

Pet ownership is a wonderful experience. Pet ownership can be a wonderful experience for children. It teaches them responsibility, love and how to take care of their pets. They often make lifelong memories. Allergies to cat or dog dander can cause unpleasant symptoms such as runny eyes, itchy noses, and respiratory problems.

The dander that is shed by dogs, cats, and other animals, including rodents, with feathers or fur, is made up of small flecks of skin. This dander contains proteins that can cause allergic reactions, ranging from mild sniffles to severe asthma.

The allergen is very light, allowing it to easily float through the air, and stick to fabrics, furniture and other items brought into or out of the home. Inhaling the small flecks can cause symptoms like sneezing or wheezing.

Dander can remain in your home up to four months after a pet is removed. It can trigger allergy symptoms for children and adults, even if the pet has been removed. This may also affect family members with no prior history of allergies. Dust mites can also grow in the presence of allergy-triggering proteins, which may worsen allergy symptoms. It is important to control pet dander and clean regularly in areas where allergies are prevalent.

You can minimize pet dander in your home by keeping them outdoors and out of bedrooms and other places where allergies are common. A HEPA filter installed on your HVAC system can also help remove allergens from your air. Cleaning your home regularly and using air purifiers can help reduce dander. For severe cases of pet dander allergies, you may want to consult with an allergist/immunologist to find the right treatment plan for you.

Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning also offers a service to clean air ducts. This service also includes a dryer vent clean-up and cleaning of all the ductwork. Also, we take pictures of the inside and outside of your ducts. Call Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning to receive a no-obligation quote, or contact us online for an estimate.


Molds are part of nature. They belong to the Kingdom Fungi. Molds grow on soil, decaying plants, and organic matter. Outdoors, they play an essential role in nature, breaking down organic material such as dead trees, leaves and animal carcasses. Indoor mold can cause allergy and asthma symptoms for people who have allergies. Mold can cause other problems, such as sinus congestion, fatigue, and headaches.

The symptoms of mold allergy vary depending on the individual. Mold allergy symptoms vary from person to person. Some people experience symptoms all year round, whereas others are affected by the weather and when in an area with a high concentration of mold. Sneezing and watery eyes are common symptoms. Memory loss, respiratory distress, and lethargy are some of the more severe symptoms. Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by molds that pose serious health risks to people with compromised immune systems.

Mold grows when the conditions are favorable. It forms long, intertwined strings known as hyphae. Mycelium is the structure that supports and feeds the mold. During reproduction, the hyphae produce microscopic seeds that float in the air. The spores disperse as they travel along the mycelium. When they reach a moist surface with organic matter for food they begin to germinate.

Molds can cause irritation to the nose, throat, and lungs in sensitive people. Molds can contaminate surfaces and other household items.

A dirty ductwork system can lead to mold growth and allergens spreading throughout a home. The unclean ductwork may release dust particles that can worsen allergies or asthma. Pollen can cause allergic reactions for those who are sensitive. It can also harbor pet dander which triggers symptoms for people with allergies to dogs and cats.


EPA publishes publications for guidance on how to identify possible problems with indoor air quality and prevent them or fix. Allergies can be triggered by mold, pet dander and dust mites. All these things can be found in the air ducts that circulate throughout your home. Air ducts can be cleaned to eliminate these allergens and other things that cause you sleepless nights. Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning will remove all dust, pet dander and other allergens from your home. Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning recommends an air duct cleaning service every 8-10 years. Air duct cleaning has long-lasting effect, so you’ll notice an immediate improvement in your air quality. Call us today to ask any questions about our service. It is a decision you will never regret. Des Moines Air Duct Cleaning will never disappoint you. We guarantee our work for six months. If you’re not satisfied, we will refund your money.

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