With warm weather comes flowers, and with flowers comes pollen and other allergens. It’s very easy for someone to accidentally leave the door open and let a gust of fresh summer air full of these particulates into your home. When this happens, headaches and sinus congestion may result. To help combat these issues, we’ve created a list of the simple things you can do to keep the air in your home fresh and clean.
Keep your house clean
A clean house will cut down dust, animal dander, pollen, and other airborne particulates. We recommend you do the following to make sure you’re getting to the root of the air quality problems you may be experiencing.
- Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a clean filter, and vacuum the carpet and area rugs at least once or twice a week. NOTE: hard-surface flooring, instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, may also certainly cut down on allergens in the home.
- Regularly clean your bedding, drapes, and other items that tend to attract allergens, particularly if you have pets. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends washing in water that is at least 130° Fahrenheit. Also, consider using dust mite-proof covers on pillows, as well as mattresses and box springs.
- Clear the clutter! Clutter around your home traps and holds dust that can trigger an allergic reaction.
Relocate plants outside
Some plants are excellent at helping to filter the air of toxins. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies related to plants and other greenery, it may be best to keep them outside and away from you.
Invest in an air purifier
If you’re allergic to your pet, you might consider using an air purifier. When placed in commonly-used areas of your home, these devices, in particular, ionic purifiers, can help capture some of the irritants that may trigger your symptoms. You’re probably not going to be able to remove these allergens completely, but you can cut down on them, which may help the problem.
Change your HVAC system’s air filter
With summer slowly winding down, the air filter that you installed at the beginning of the season most likely needs to be changed. If it’s dirty, full of dust, dirt, and other allergens, your air quality will suffer. Make sure to change your furnace filter every two or three months with the changing of seasons.
If you need help improving the air quality in your home and you live in Oakland County, look no further than Sun Heating & Cooling! Since 1982, Sun has earned the trust and respect of thousands of families, including families in your neighborhood! Call us at (248) 986-1506 or schedule an appointment online today!