There is a broad range of potential allergens that can infest a property and render its inhabitants completely miserable. From dust to dander, pollen, VOCs, and more, there are many common allergens that will find their way into your home. Here are four ways homeowners can eliminate common allergens in the home, creating the healthiest space for their family and ensuring that everyone is comfortable.
Treat Your Sheets
Dust mites are the most common indoor allergen
, and they are most often found in the bedroom. As such, it’s worth devoting extra attention to this space. Add hypoallergenic casings to your bed and pillows, and don’t forget the importance of routine cleaning. The bedding should be washed in hot water at least once per week to mitigate allergy symptoms. Clean Your Home
A deep clean is good for the rest of your home as well. Focus on the floor (upgrade to hardwood or at least low pile carpeting, if possible) by vacuuming weekly, and clean your curtains, blinds, and windows to prevent build up in those areas. Furniture should be dusted regularly, and any items that collect dust should be cleaned and stored instead of displayed or left on the floor. Finally, you can place doormats at entryways and encourage guests to remove their shoes upon entering to keep allergens from spreading throughout your home.
Check Your HVAC System
Don’t forget to schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system. In addition to checking for major problems and performing repairs as needed, this should also include a professional cleaning. Though it is dangerous to perform any DIY repairs on your air conditioner, changing the filters and using a shop vacuum to clear the condensate pipes can be done on your own. Remember to use appropriate filters and HEPA vacuums when cleaning. You can also adjust the temperature of your home every now and then (keeping it above 78 degrees or below 68 degrees) to kill dust mites.
You should also consider investing in an air purifier
. These systems pass air through a HEPA filter, which will catch smaller allergens as well as pet dander and other particles to purify your home’s air. Check the room capacity of any system before making a purchase. At the very least, having one by your bed will help keep the air clean while you sleep. Prepare for the Worst Seasons
The worst months of the year for allergies will depend on what common allergens trigger symptoms for the people in your home. For example, ragweed is often in full effect in the fall whereas pollen is a major problem around spring. Note that these times will vary depending on where you live. Identify the peak months for allergies in your area and plan ahead by scheduling routine maintenance
or performing the changes above before allergy season is in full swing. You should also keep windows shut and stay cool with just the HVAC system during the worst months for allergens.
There’s plenty of work to be done to keep the air in your home clean, but any allergy sufferers in your family will appreciate the effort. Remember these four solutions, and prep your home to handle the next major allergy season in your area.