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Keeping elders and seniors healthy at home.. are your sniffles a cold or an allergy?

Though the symptoms are almost identical, the biggest difference between a cold and an allergy is the duration. Most colds last seven to ten days, while allergies can stick around for several weeks. Colds usually include a scratchy sore throat, thick mucus, muscle aches and a low grade fever. Allergies, however, mostly center on just sniffles and sneezes.

If you or your family seem to be involved in an endless struggle with allergy symptoms, one place you might want to look for relief is the ducts of your forced hot air heating and/or central air conditioning system.

Many home ventilation systems circulate the same air over and over again. Over time, dirt cakes against the interior walls of the ducts, providing a fertile home for a variety of indoor air contaminants including pollen, lint, dust, mold, mildew, dust mites, mold spores, animal hair and dander, fungi and potentially harmful bacteria. The American College of Allergists estimates that 50 percent of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.

Discover Magazine reports that the average six room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year. And, The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers estimates that most commercial fiberglass filters for home heating systems are only 7 percent efficient in stopping dirt, dust, pollen, etc., from passing through.

What can you do to help improve your home’s health? If you have a forced hot-air heating system, contact a qualified contractor to have your ducts cleaned to remove the build-up of contaminants. If you are particularly sensitive to household allergens, you might want to consider having a whole house air purification system added to your ventilation ductwork. These two measures alone can save many people years of annoying and potentially harmful misery.

Expert Home Care helps aging seniors in New Jersey Live-in care, Elder care, & Senior home care in NJ – Expert Elder Home Care in Somerville, Red Bank, Lakewood, Hackettstown, Ridgewood, Princeton, Trenton, Flemington, Morristown, Wayne.  800-848-2336.

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