It may be hard to think about spring after all the snow the northeast has gotten, but the fact is – it’s officially spring, and spring means allergies. The most common spring allergen is pollen, which can come from trees, flowers, weeds, or grasses and affect individuals on various levels. While some may simply suffer from itchy eyes, others experience skin rashes, swollen glands, and more.
One of the best things you can do to prevent suffering from allergy symptoms is to allergy-proof your home. Here, our indoor air specialists offer some tips for how to do so:
Rugs and carpets can easily trap pollen, dust mites, dander, and other allergens, so it’s important to vacuum your floors as often as possible. Make sure your vacuum offers a significant amount of suction so you can pull allergens from deep down. Another option is to rent a professional carpet cleaner that is designed to clean deeply.
Invest in Good Mats
You may not think about it, but allergens can be easily tracked into your home on the bottoms of your family’s shoes. Because of this, you may want to invest in a good outdoor mat and indoor mat for either side of your front door. This way, your family members can wipe their shoes off twice before taking them off.
Replace Your Filter
Even though winter doesn’t trigger allergies as much as spring or summer, your HVAC filter still worked to remove airborne particles (like dust, dirt, dander, and more) for the last several months. Do yourself a favor and replace your filter with a new one that will be sure to trap the worst of what spring will bring.
Consider an Air Scrubber
If you’ve never heard of an Air Scrubber, it’s a great home device that removes allergens and harmful contaminants. Not only is it easy to install, but it removes up to 99.9% of contaminants to clean, freshen, and purify your air. Your family spends most of their time indoors, which means your indoor air should be as breathable as possible.
Clean Mold-prone Surfaces
While pollen is the most common cause of spring allergies, many people are also sensitive to mold. There are many surfaces in your home that can harbor mold (specifically those in your bathroom), so it’s a good idea to give them a thorough cleaning. Also make sure to keep damp rooms like your bathroom and laundry room well-ventilated to prevent future mold growth.
Swap Your Curtains
Fabric curtains can easily trap airborne particles and then release them every time the curtains are drawn. If you’re not overly attached to your curtains, consider swapping them out for blinds. Blinds are not only easy to clean, but the smooth surface makes them great for resisting allergens. If you are attached to your curtains, make sure you wash them regularly.
For more tips on how to improve the air your family breathes, give our indoor air specialists a call today.