23 Apr 4 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
Mid-Missouri is notorious for high pollen counts in the Spring, but other common allergens can also be hiding inside your home! This helpful allergy forecast for Columbia is handy to keep bookmarked for your outdoor adventures, but we also want to help you keep those allergens at-bay within your home as well!
Here are 4 tips to reduce allergens in your home
Tip #1: Eliminate the dust and dirt
Getting rid of dust is one of the best ways you can control allergens in your home. Dust mites thrive in dust, and they trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Dusting can often make things worse by stirring up allergen particles into the air. That’s why you should use a disinfectant wipe instead. It’s important to wipe down ALL surface in your home frequently. Make sure your scrubbing corners!
And keep dust out of your bedroom! No one should have to suffer through allergy issues in their own home – especially in their bedroom. There are certain preventative measures you can take to eliminate or minimize allergens in your bedroom. Use dust-mite-proof covers for your pillows, mattresses and box springs. These covers keep your bedding untouched from dust mites. Wash your bedding in hot water once a week.
Tip #2: Vacuum frequently
Having an allergen-free home is hard work, but putting in time and effort is worth not being a victim to allergy symptoms. One of the best ways to eliminate or minimize allergens in your home is to vacuum frequently. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, you should vacuum your home once a week.Also, make sure you have a vacuum with a HEPA filter to pick up the tiniest of particles.
Tip #3: Change your air conditioner filters
Forgetting to clean or replace your air filters in your heating and cooling system can lead to an increase in allergens in your home. Follow the manufacturer’s’ instructions on timing and frequency for how often you should replace your air filters.
At Accurate, we are happy to assist you with replacing your air conditioner filters! Learn more about our HVAC maintenance and contact us today if you need help replacing your air conditioner filters.
Tip #4: Prevent Mold and Mildew
Eliminating mold and mildew can be very beneficial in avoiding allergy symptoms. They thrive in wet areas like the bathroom and basement, and the mold spores often float in the air and trigger allergy symptoms.
You should replace wallpaper with tile if you can afford it. Using a mold-resistant paint can help, too. After you take a shower or bath, run the exhaust fan and dry the shower or bathtub itself. You can also run a dehumidifier through your basement to reduce moisture. Just make sure you keep these two places in mind when you clean, and always check for mold and mildew!