3 Tips to Keep Your Home Allergy-free This Spring
Most people welcome spring as it finally brings some warmer weather and a break from the cold winter. But for others, spring is a downright nightmare. If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies, you know what I’m talking about.
According to a 2017 survey conducted by Statista, nearly 20 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some type of allergy. The symptoms can range from mild like a runny nose to serious like difficulty breathing. Combined with chronic conditions like Asthma, allergies can be downright life-threatening.
Fortunately, exposure to allergies can be prevented inside your home if you follow a specific routine which helps minimize the risk of allergens creeping into your home. Keeping your home allergen-free will make it a safe space for you or your family members affected by asthma or allergies.
In this article, we’ll give you 3 proven tips that can help you eliminate pesky allergens from your home.
INSTALL AND MAINTAIN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER
The most likely an easy way allergens can enter your home is through your window. During the hotter spring days, many homeowners open their windows wide to let some fresh air in. But this will also let the allergens in and cause quite a problem. That’s where air conditioning comes in.
In an unlikely scenario that you don’t already own an HVAC system, you should have a licensed company like Hughes Air install one as soon as possible. Air conditioners can eliminate nearly 100% of all airborne particles including allergens.
However, to make sure your air conditioner doesn’t turn against you, routine maintenance is mandatory. More specifically, you need to regularly replace your air filters. If they get clogged their efficiency at removing particles is diminished. In fact, dirty filters become a perfect breeding ground for hazardous microbes like bacteria and allergens.
TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR BEDROOM
If you or a loved one has frequent allergy issues, you should consider investing in allergy-proof bedding. These special beddings don’t trap any allergens like dust or dust mites. Make sure to frequently wash your bedding, at least once a week. This is important as it eliminates the pollen and other allergens.
You should also consider replacing your mattress and pillows with latex ones. Ideally, you should replace your mattress at least once every 10 years. The mattress is the ideal nest for allergens and old mattresses are basically an open party invitation. To keep it allergy-free longer, make sure to thoroughly vacuum it.
WASH YOUR LAUNDRY MORE FREQUENTLY
Apart from washing your bedding frequently, you’ll also need to commit to laundering more frequently. All the clothes we wear out every day can collect outdoor allergens, which is why it’s important to frequently change clothes and wash them to eliminate the allergens. Otherwise, they might migrate from your clothes onto your furniture and carpets.
When washing your clothes, check the labels on the softeners and detergents if you suffer from a skin allergy. Make sure to use products marked as free and clear. When drying your clothes, avoid doing that outside. Use a laundry dryer or line-dry them in a room like an attic or the basement.
CLEANING AND DECLUTTERING
If you suffer from dust allergies, dusting frequently is absolutely necessary. When dusting, make sure to use a damp cloth. It can help get rid of dust much easier and more effectively. If the dust seems too persistent to deal with, consider decluttering your home. Clutter makes a perfect home for dust, and the less cluttered your home is the easier it will be to clean it.
Another change you should make if you suffer from allergies is removing any soft surfaces in your homes like carpets and soft furniture covers. They might feel good to the touch, but they are also a fertile breeding ground for allergens. If you’re planning on remodeling your home, opt-in for materials like wood, leather, and plastic, as they successfully repel allergens.
CAREFULLY CHOOSE YOUR PLANTS
You may enjoy the vibrancy plants bring into your home, but they could be pollen farms you’re not even aware of. When choosing the plants for your home and garden, choose the ones with heavier pollen. Heavier pollen doesn’t travel through the air as easily and is thus less likely to run rampant around your home or trigger an allergic reaction. These are the plants that are pollinated by insects for that exact reason.
Some plants can actually help purify the air in your home. Plants such as the bamboo, the lady, and areca palms or the dracaena can help humidify and purify the air you breathe. Some of them require a bit more maintenance, just like your air conditioning system, but they are exotic and add a dash of style to your home, all the while keeping your home allergy free.