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Don't Overlook These 3 Things If You Have Allergies.

Don't Overlook These 3 Things If You Have Allergies.

In some areas of the country, such as Florida, allergy season is ten months out of the year.  That's a long time to be in misery if you're a sufferer and all too often, being indoors is just as bad as being outside. However, there are ways to reduce or even eliminate indoor issues, and some are entirely overlooked.

Don't Wear Shoes Inside the House

If you're immune-compromised or have allergy issues, it's a good idea to take your shoes off at the door. Footwear picks up mold and pollen, and if you have any rugs or carpet, it can get very challenging to remove. In mass testing of shoes that are at least a month old or more, 93% were positive for fecal matter, e-coli, and more that you probably don't want inside your home.

Quality Filters

Regular air and furnace filters are designed to protect the equipment, not your breathing. Use a filter with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. Having a HEPA air filter unit and a HEPA filter in your vacuum is also beneficial. Both are relatively inexpensive these days, as are the replacement filters, which need to be changed out regularly.

Clean Your Air Ducts!

This one is a biggie. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) forced air systems can be a collection site for contaminants that aggravate your allergies and asthma. Consider this: What happens when you blow the dust off an object? Often the airborne dust blows back at you. For those with allergies, what happens next is a sneezing fit. Dust mites, pollen, pet dander, smog, mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and VOC's (harmful gases are given off by everyday household items) are what's being circulated and recirculated by your HVAC system.

This is an often-overlooked culprit of allergy and asthma attacks. "Routine cleaning of air ducts has always been a commonsense move," says Allergist Dr. Anthony Montanaro. "If you're sensitive to what's found in dust and dander, it's to your best advantage to minimize exposure to it." Montanaro, a professor of medicine and chief of the allergy and clinical immunology division at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, often talks with patients about their air and heating systems as he investigates the possible environmental triggers of their allergies.

"If they have forced air, that's part of the conversation," he says.

Additionally, when your HVAC blows air through ducts coated in dust, you end up with airborne dust in your home. It makes sense that cleaning dust, allergens, and other contaminants from ducts could vastly improve air quality and reduce allergy symptoms.

When you invest in HVAC maintenance, your equipment is cleaned and tuned up, which results in cleaner air, better performance, and more consistent comfort. Regular maintenance also helps lower your energy bills and prolong the life span of your equipment. Click here for a free quote to have your air ducts cleaned by Gator Clean.

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What Your Neighbors Say About Gator Clean

Daniele & kelly are PHENOMENAL! In this expert reviewers opinion you can't beat the price or the service. These girls work very very hard and they're fun to talk to! They made my home healthier and safer! I recommend them to anyone seeking the duct cleaning or floor work that they offer. Bravo ladies, the boys couldn't have done it any better!

Magnum Research
November 20, 2020

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I called Gator Clean and immediately got and appointment scheduled. Danielle and Kelly showed up on time, where very professionals, friendly, easy to talk to, knew what they were doing, answered all my questions, did an amazing job! I first contacted them to serviced my dryer vent and I was so pleased that I ask them to do my air ducts and carpets too. They did an amazing job. I will definitely use their service again.

Lizette L Hernandez Velazquez
November 18, 2020

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Review from Google

Gator serviced my dryer vent and I am very pleased will use them again. Try them you will like them.

Antonia Johnson
October 23, 2020

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I hired Gator Clean to clean my air ducts in my house. They did a fantastic job. I had originally called a Port Orange company called Lucky Ducts. The owner of Lucky Ducts told me that since I lived off Big Tree in South Daytona that I was closer to his competitor, Jerry Brittingham, he recommended that I call him instead. When I called Jerry Brittingham, they gave me a quote on the phone of $25 per vent. Then, when they got there, they said that they don't do vent cleaning and gave me a price of $2300 for blowing some plastic stuff through my vent system to seal possible small holes. CRAZY! Gator Clean was wonderful! They honored the quoted price and they came all the way from Eustis /Mt Dora area to South Daytona for no extra fees. Great service, great people!!! THANK YOU!!

Beth Stephenson
October 12, 2020

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From the moment that I spoke to them on the phone about making the appointment to get the dryer a gas dryer vent cleaned out I was very impressed I called back to ask a question and it was after hours and Danielle very nicely called me right back and gave me the answer overall I was very very impressed they did a wonderful job there was a slight complication on my part from when the house was built to where the duck was put in for the dryer she told me Danielle told me how to correct it and get it fixed and told me what time I should get it done and that what I needed to do afterwards which I found very helpful and informative I give them five stars for the job that they did and I've never had a company that was local that would get up on the roof and suck out the lint the roof part of the vent also come in the house and suck out that part of it on it was very nice to have people that you could trust. I look forward to rehiring them every time I need my dryer cleaned out they do a wonderful job and they're very clean. Thank you Danielle for a wonderful experience. Good company to work with easy going and hard workers. Mary Seabury of Mount Dora

Mary Seabury
October 9, 2020

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