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3 Common Causes of Asthma Triggers in New Jersey Homes

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Woman SneezingDealing with asthma is tough.

But avoiding common asthma triggers can control it.

However, you may be allowing more asthma triggers to run rampant in your New Jersey home than you realize. In fact, according to the EPA the average home’s indoor air is 2 to 5–even up to 100 times–more polluted than the air outside!

Here are 3 common sources of asthma triggers in your home and what you can do about them.

1) Air fresheners

If you’re a big fan of plug-ins and aerosol sprays, you may be trading an asthma sufferer’s comfort for a clean smell

According to Stanley Fineman, MD, ACAAI president-elect,  “About 20 percent of the population and 34 percent of people with asthma report health problems from air fresheners. We know air freshener fragrances can trigger allergy symptoms, aggravate existing allergies and worsen asthma.”

This is because air fresheners and other household products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology,  “trigger eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, and even memory impairment.”

So while VOCs are not great for people in general, they’re especially harmful for those with asthma.

VOCs commonly found in air fresheners include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Limonene
  • Esters
  • Alcohols

Solution: Use natural solutions to make your home smell nice.

2) Dirty air conditioner air filters

While air filters can’t catch smaller allergens that agitate asthma (that’s best left to an air cleaner), they still catch dirt and debris that you wouldn’t want in your lungs.

Once an air filter becomes saturated with dirt and debris, they can’t remove any more and some of the dust trapped may fall off of the filter and make it into your vents to be blown back into your air.

Solution: Check the air filter every 30 days and change when it’s dirty.

3) Leaky air ducts

Even if you religiously dust your home, a leaky air duct in your attic or crawl space can keep dust particles flowing into your home.

That’s because a leak in the duct will suck in the dust in those areas and blow it out your home’s supply vents.

Common signs of leaky air ducts include:

  • Hot or cool spots in your home
  • High utility bills
  • Dusty rooms in your home after you turn on your air conditioner or furnace.

Solution: Have a professional seal your air ducts.

Clean air = happy lungs

While you can prevent many causes of asthma triggers, it’s hard to avoid smaller irritants.
To catch even the smallest allergens and pollutants that affect your loved ones with asthma, install a whole-home air cleaner into your home’s air ducts.

To learn more about air cleaners, talk to one of our air quality experts by calling (908) 284-2422 or contacting us online for a free estimate*.

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