Spring is here and so are your seasonal allergies. For those with hay fever and other allergy triggers, this time of year can be problematic. It’s even worse if you struggle with allergies inside your own home. Your home should be a safe, clean space to escape the pollen outside, not an area for more sneezing, itching, and coughing. The good news is that you can decrease the allergens in your home to make it more comfortable and welcoming to those with seasonal allergies or asthma.
Common Home Allergens
First, it can be helpful to identify which in-home allergens and impurities are affecting your air quality. Obviously pollen from sprouting plants every spring increases the number of allergens in the air, and those can easily enter your home through open doors, windows, and the clothing or form of those living in your home. Dust mites affect around 80% of homes. Animals have hair and dander that can trigger asthma and allergies inside your home. Other bugs and plants like flowers or cockroaches can affect your air quality and introduce allergens into your home depending on your geographic region. Finally, damp areas can create mold, which is especially harmful to your allergies and asthma, as well as detrimental to the structural integrity of your home.
How to Decrease Allergens in Your Home
- Minimize or Clean Fabrics – fabrics are responsible for attracting and trapping allergens. High pile rugs and carpet, drapes, blankets, and fabric on furniture can become a breeding grounds for dust mites and sticking place for allergens. Opting for low pile floor covers, getting washable curtains and furniture coverings, and other launderable fabric options will allow you to frequently wash your fabrics to rid of allergens.
- Change and Upgrade Air Filters – the air filters in your HVAC unit are the first line of defense for your air quality and preventing allergens in your home. Using fresh filters, changed every month, can make a dramatic difference for those with allergies or asthma. You can also upgrade the air filter of your HVAC system to a higher MERV rating to help clear the air more efficiently.
- Vacuum & Dust More Frequently – In the spring and summer, it’s a good idea to increase your dusting and vacuuming frequency to adjust for all of the increased pollen. Dust first, and wear a face mask if you are prone to allergies or asthma. Then, once the dust has been displaced, vacuum all surfaces thoroughly.
- Clean & Groom Pets – Washing your pets more regularly can prevent them from shedding more dander or bringing more allergens into your space on their coats. Scheduling a grooming appointment more frequently can also help you to minimize pet allergens during this high allergy season.
- Run Your Air Conditioning – airflow is key to keeping the air in your home safe. Stagnant air will keep allergens in your midst, but your air conditioning can bring in the fresh air and cycle out any impurities. In addition, air conditioning prevents moisture from creating mold and attracting mites.
- Air Purification System – air purifiers from Black Diamond are an ideal solution to cleaner air. Whether you want to purify the air in a single room or install a whole home filtration system, you will notice a difference immediately. This purification can easily remove odors, allergy-causing particles, and chemical vapors. This is a sure fire way to avoid indoor air pollution.
Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Air can help you decrease allergens in your home with proper HVAC functioning for maximum air quality – just call.