If you deal with allergies, your home should be your sanctuary from hay fever and the like. Unfortunately, many homes contain high levels of allergens such as dust, pet dander, and environmental pollutants.
A house full of allergens can irritate even those who don’t suffer from indoor allergies. These tips will help reduce sneeze-inducing irritants and allow you and your family to breathe a little easier.
Launder bedding weekly
Allergens in bedding accumulate quickly, and the Mayo Clinic recommends all bedding be washed at least once a week. Using hot water will kill dust mites, which can aggravate allergies. If you can’t launder your bedding in hot water, sticking it in the freezer for 24 hours will eliminate dust mites but not remove allergens.
Invest in an air purifier
If you’ve tried other allergy-management tactics without success, an air purifier may be exactly what your home needs. These machines filter the air in your rooms and remove contaminants such as dust, mold, and other allergens. Be aware, you get what you pay for. An inexpensive air purifier won’t significantly improve the air quality in your home.
Change the air conditioner filter
Your air conditioner circulates the air in your home, and a good filter can keep allergens at bay. If you don’t have pets, the average home can get away with changing the air conditioner filter every 90 days. For homes with only one pet, the air filter should be changed every 60 days. People with multiple pets or severe allergies should change the filter every 30 to 45 days.
Clean upholstery often
Drapes, sofas, and carpet hide a variety of nasty surprises. Mold, dust mites, and pet dander accumulate in these areas without detection. Drapes that require professional attention should be cleaned every six months for allergy sufferers and once a year for the average homeowner. A professional cleaning may also be needed for carpets and fabric sofas.
Dust and vacuum regularly
This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but frequent dusting and vacuuming will significantly improve your home’s air quality. Microfiber cloths use static electricity to attract dust instead of traditional feather dusters that kick up dust. When you vacuum, use baking soda to make pet dander easier to pick up and to deodorize the air.
Allergies are miserable, but you may be able to make your life indoors more bearable with these simple steps. If you find these allergen-reducing tips aren’t effective, it may be time to schedule a professional cleaning. Dalworth Cleaning offers anti-allergy treatments for all types of surfaces in the home.