Spring, for me, is always a bittersweet experience. On one hand, I get to enjoy a warmer climate after several months of freezing temperatures. On the other hand, the blooming plants always mean one thing: pollen allergy.
When you suffer from allergies as I do, you’ll be wise to be on the lookout for way to reduce your symptoms and live in a home that keeps your safe from the worse part of allergy season. Today, we’ll be discussing some home maintenance tips to get your allergies under control and turn your home into an allergen-free zone.
Say no to carpets
Carpet and rugs trap allergens, which means you’re exposed to more and more them each and every time you walk across your living room. It’s also a haven for dust and dust mites as well as dirt and debris. To reduce allergy symptoms, consider ripping out the carpet and replacing it with different material. You have several options from which to choose, depending on your style preferences.
Some homeowners prefer hardwood floors, although you can save money by installing laminate floors that look like real wood. Consider tile flooring if you’re looking for an easy-clean surface that keeps the floors cool during the hot summer months. Not only do you save yourself from cashing out on so much for allergen medication, you’ll be upgrading the aesthetic of your home.
Use Air Purifiers
Having an air purifier can really raise your anti-allergen home defense. Air purifiers or cleaners neutralize allergens before they have a chance to do their worst on your respiratory system.
These handy things come in several different models that can suit your home’s size and your needs. Most air cleaners or purifiers, make use of electrical charges to kill pathogens and other allergens that may irritate your nasal passage.
It is to be noted that if you aren’t at all familiar with air purifiers and how they work, it’s best to call in an expert. They’ll be more than able to help you choose an air purifier that’s the best fit for your home and even install it for you. It’s best to avoid installing one by yourself as you may end up injuring yourself, damage the appliance, or even void the warranty. Pro teams will have expert technicians that have hands-on experience in installing these devices. You can even ask the hardware store or department store where you decide to purchase your air purifier. More often that not, they’ll have an installation package that may even be attached to the purchase.
Always keep your home clean
As much as you might hate cleaning or might not have the time for regular or thorough cleaning, these chores are necessary if you suffer from allergies. If you currently clean your home once a week, consider cleaning twice a week to ensure that dust doesn’t get a chance to build up on furniture and other surfaces. Use natural products when possible to avoid exposing yourself to allergy-inducing chemicals.
Regularly swap out your sheets
Indoor air quality is one the things that really affect allergy sufferers. One of the ways to boost your air quality is to frequently change your bedding. Dust and dust mites just love our pillows, sheets, and blankets. It’s important to swap out old sheets for fresh ones at least once a week.
Launder old sheets immediately to avoid household dust accumulation. You can also put a protective cover over your mattress to protect it against dust mite infestation, especially if you know you are allergic to the mites. Clean around your bed as well, to prevent dust from settling on other surfaces, and change your pillow as recommended to reduce allergy symptoms.
Replace your air filter periodically
If your home has an HVAC unit, you should know that it relies on the air filer to trap particles that shouldn’t circulate through the system.
While the manufacturer’s instructions on your air filter might recommend replacements every three to five months, consider replacing it more often if you suffer from allergies. If the filter gets clogged, it can prevent your air conditioner or furnace from doing its job, which means shabby indoor air quality.
Swap out curtain for blinds
Curtains look great when they hang in front of your windows, but they accumulate dust easily and require more effort to keep clean. Blinds prove easier to keep clean because you can simply wipe them down once or twice a week to keep them dust-free. Plus, they give you more control over the amount of sunlight you let into your home.
Shades can offer another easy-care solution. Bamboo shades, for instance, are good for the environment and even easier to clean than window blinds.
Keeping your home free of allergens can help you live a more comfortable life.