You may be surprised to hear that the air inside your home can often be more polluted than the outside air. How is this possible? Our modern homes are more airtight than those of the past, meaning that when we shut our windows, we’re keeping in allergens, chemicals, radon, etc. This is a huge concern because indoor air pollution worsens allergies, asthma symptoms, and various other respiratory problems.
With the first day of spring right around the corner, suffering from allergies can feel inevitable. But there is good news. While you can’t control the amount of pollen trees produce, you can control how much pollen and other allergens enter your home or business. You can also lessen the amount of dust, mold, and pet dander in your home. Once you know what to do, improving your indoor air quality can become a regular part of your cleaning routine. Improving your home’s air quality can reduce your allergy symptoms and chances of becoming ill.
Spring Cleaning Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Disinfectants are a powerful tool in the war against allergies. However, you may have to test products in your home to find the best ones for you. Sometimes the potent ingredients can be irritating and cause the same or similar issues as the allergen you are trying to eradicate. When purchasing cleaning products, it’s essential to make the distinction between cleaning and disinfecting. Some ‘natural’ cleaning products will clean your home of allergens, but they don’t disinfect. For more information on the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, click here.
Change Your HVAC Air Filter
Your air filter is more important than you think. A dirty air filter cannot do its job because it is clogged with dust, dirt, dander, mold, and other allergens. These allergens exacerbate respiratory symptoms. Change your air filter once a month. If you have problems with asthma or allergies, we recommend twice a month. Changing your air filter regularly also has a great side-benefit of lower energy bills.
Ceiling and floor vents can get very dirty and contribute to allergy problems. Place vents in your dishwasher and run the ‘rinse’ cycle. Skip the detergent and the heat/dry cycle.
Give Your Entryways Special Attention
Most dust and dirt come through your front door on your shoes. We recommend leaving your shoes at the door and only wearing slippers indoors. Place doormats at every entrance of your home. Give them some TLC once a week by shaking them out or washing them if possible.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum!
If you suffer from allergies, you probably already know that your vacuum is your ally in getting rid of irritating allergens. Vacuums with HEPA filters are best because they most effectively trap the mold, ragweed, dust, etc., that is being collected.
Any upholstered area can be vacuumed, so don’t be afraid to clean your living room couch and chairs. You can even vacuum your mattress! And don’t forget to vacuum under the bed where dust bunnies often hide.
Wash your bedding once a week in hot water with an unscented detergent.
High humidity leads to the spread of mold and dust mites. Use exhaust fans in your kitchen after cooking, and in bathrooms after showering. Make sure your home is ventilated. If humidity is still a problem, you may need to install a dehumidifier.
There are many things you can do to reduce or even eliminate allergy symptoms. We hope the above tips are helpful in keeping you and your family happy and healthy – and breathing much easier!