5 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home for Spring
Allergies occur most often in the springtime, when new growth also means new allergens in the air. However, most people don’t realize that indoor allergens can be just as harmful. According to the EPA, indoor air is often 10x more polluted than outdoor air.
Here are five ways to breathe easier this spring in your home:
|Freshen up your air filters monthly.
When was the last time you changed your furnace and air conditioner filters? Clogged air filters send dust and allergens coursing through your home, resulting in aggravated allergies. Look for filters with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating between 8 and 12 – filters with higher ratings remove more particles from the air.
|Keep your covers covered.
Studies show that dust mites are more prevalent in the bedroom than anywhere else in your home. Since dust mites tend to thrive deep inside mattresses, pillows and cushions, use allergen-proof zippered covers to prevent dust critters from penetrating your bedding. Sheets should also be washed once a week in hot water – at least 130 degrees – then dried at the highest temperature.
|Double down on carpet cleaning.
Vacuuming once or twice a week helps to remove allergens that are trapped in your carpet’s fibers. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which can trap small particles and prevent them from spreading into the air. While vacuuming certainly helps, strongly consider scheduling a carpet cleaning with a professional that uses hot water steam extraction. A steam cleaning unit utilizes the high temperatures of steam to kill off dust mites and other microscopic organisms that may be in your carpets.
|Beware of bathroom mold.
Bathrooms are a hotspot for mold growth. When showering, remember to run your ventilation fan or keep the door ajar. Mold also thrives in damp corners, which is why you should wipe around the sink, tub and toilet weekly. If there are any cracks or holes in your tiles, it is best to recaulk these areas to prevent mold from growing behind your bathroom walls and floors. If you do discover mold on the walls, immediately call a professional to prevent a potential larger water damage problem.
|Punish pesky pests.
Cockroach and mouse droppings are a primary asthma trigger. To curb infestations, store food in tightly sealed containers, clear away crumbs and promptly dispose of all garbage. Remember, the only guaranteed way to completely rid your home of pests is with the help of a professional pest control company.
With these tips, you will be one step closer to ensuring that your home is free of troublesome triggers that can heighten spring allergies.
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