Prepping Your Home For Spring Allergy Season
March 08, 2022
Allergy season is just around the corner, and while many of us may still have a couple of winter storms in the future, it is never early to start preparing your home for what is to come. Spring is a beautiful time of year, but with the blooming of flowers and trees also comes the emergence of pollen in the air. While this may not seem an issue to those without allergies, those with will be happy to inform you of the misery that follows every spring.
Our team here at Mohr wants your home to be free of pollen, dust, and other air pollutants so you can breathe easy in your own home. Follow the steps below to help your home become as fresh as possible!
Keeping your home clean can help reduce the amount of dust, allergens, and other pollutants you kick up into the air as you move around your home. However, it's important to remember to only clean with natural products, as many cleaners can contain harmful chemicals.
Changing your HVAC Filters
Your HVAC unit is responsible for circulating air throughout your home. If you don't change your filter regularly, you could be circulating already polluted air. In most cases, using a HEPA filter will give you the best results. Contact a certified HVAC technician to find out which filter best suits your unit and lifestyle.
Portable Air Purifiers
A portable air purifier can be a game-changer for indoor air quality. Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes and can fit almost any need. The clean air delivery rate (CADR) will indicate which size purifier to buy when shopping for an efficient purifier. The higher the CADR, the larger area it will serve.
Suppose you don't live near a highway or other high pollutant-filled areas. Then, one of the more straightforward ways to improve your home's indoor air quality is by opening your windows and doors on mild days throughout the year.
Mold and mildew thrive in hot, humid conditions. A dehumidifier can help you regulate your home's humidity levels and prevent pesky growth.
Dust attracts dust mites, and dust mites love to live in your sheets and mattress. While they don’t cause any direct harm to humans or pets, their excrements can exacerbate health problems for people with asthma or allergies.
Sheets should be washed every week to clear any dust trapped between the fibers. Pillows are often the most neglected pieces in the home. If you can, take your pillows to the dry cleaners or wash them by hand.
Your pet may be a ball of joy, but it’s also probably a ball of dust! Whether you have an indoor or outdoor pet, their fur and skin are perfect ingredients for crazy dust allergies. Hypoallergenic breeds are less likely to irritate sensitive individuals. Still, all homeowners can reduce the amount of dust shaken off by your pet with a regular bath schedule.
Your Living Areas
The prime source of dust is not your pet nor your bedroom. It’s your living room. You may be thinking that you can just open some doors and windows to let the dust escape, but unfortunately, that only invites more dust into your home. You can minimize the dust in your living room by:
- Keeping doors and windows closed
- Shaking your rug off outside
- Vacuuming and dusting with a damp dusting tool
- Washing your cushion covers
- Minimizing the number of pillows and blankets you own
If you follow these steps, you will be on your way to a healthier, happier home.