In attempt to reduce allergy symptoms and flare ups in your home, following these steps can help to provide healthier, cleaner air. While completely eliminating allergens and irritants in your home is not possible, reducing the number that you are exposed to can improve the air quality, helping you to breathe easier.
Cleaning surfaces regularly not only decreases the buildup of bacteria, but also reduces the amount of dust and allergens collected on surfaces. Reducing clutter will help to eliminate areas where dust tends to get trapped and built up, reducing allergic reactions to these particles.
Vacuuming once a week, if not twice a week – particularly for those who own pets where dander is readily formed – will certainly help to reduce the volume of dust and allergens in your home. Use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to filter out these small particles. Vacuum off areas such as your couch, chairs and other furniture where dander can accumulate.
Clean bedding and drapes regularly, washing with hot water
Change Air Filters
Change your air filters frequently to help eliminate those airborne allergens and particles. The industry standard recommends changing your air filters once every 3 months, but as often as 2 months for those who own pets, and even once a month for those who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD and have pets in their home. Not only does changing your filters continuously improve the air quality, but it also reduces the chances of damaging your AC unit, resulting in costly repairs.
If you live in a home with a basement that may be susceptible to accumulating moisture, consider investing in a dehumidifier to reduce the risk of the growth of mold. Also, be sure to keep areas such as the bathroom well ventilated, particularly after taking hot showers, which can also be a source for mold.
For those who suffer from breathing problems in response to indoor allergens, consider investing in an air purifier. These devices can help to eliminate airborne allergens that cause symptomatic flare-ups. Place this device in commonly used rooms in your home to provide you with the best chance of reducing allergic reactions.