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IAQ Basics: Allergy Triggers Hiding in Your Home

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IAQ Basics: Allergy Triggers Hiding in Your Home

While many people tend to avoid going outside to escape allergens, the truth is that your home may be full of them. Learn about which ones may be present in your Littleton, CO home.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic insects that eat the dead cells your body flakes off. They live on bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains. They are common in homes with high humidity.

People in Littleton, CO who are mildly allergic to dust mites may experience an occasional runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Those conditions may continue for a long time in people with a more severe allergy.

Bacterial Growth

There is some level of bacterial growth present in almost every home, but those with damp areas, like leaking pipes or unfinished basements, often have increased spore levels. Bacterial growth can grow on many surfaces, including cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery.

Biological contaminants often cause wheezing, coughing and upper respiratory conditions. If the exposure continues over a long time, it can cause memory loss and sleepiness. This is especially true for children, people with weakened immune systems and older adults.


All types of pets, even those breeders claim are hypoallergenic, can cause allergy issues since people can be allergic to the pet’s flaking, dry skin cells, saliva and urine. Tests reveal that even in homes where the pet is outside, the allergy level almost doubles.

Many people react to pet allergies right away while it can take up to 12 hours to appear in other people. Symptoms may include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, shortness of breath and skin rashes.

Contact Apple Aire Heating & Cooling to take steps to improve the indoor air quality in your home. Options like air duct cleaning, installing air filtration systems and dehumidifiers can help.

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