12 May Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality And Curb Seasonal Allergies
If you have trouble with allergies, you may be quick to connect seasonal irritations with outdoor triggers such as pollen and mold. However, poor indoor air quality in your own home could be the culprit to blame for runny noses, itchy eyes and in some cases, dangerous symptoms like respiratory issues, bronchitis and asthma.
- Eliminate Smoking Indoors – There is no tolerable level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking indoors one time is enough to contaminate the rest of the house, even if you’re in a room with the doors closed.
- Vacuum Regularly – Invest in a quality vacuum and disinfect your carpets regularly to reduce dust and other pollutants brought in from outside.
- Soak Bedding – Wash sheets, pillows and comforters in warm water often to cut down on exposure to dust mites and other allergens.
- Open Windows – Most heating and cooling units recirculate inside air so when weather permits, let fresh air in, if even just for a short time.
- Keep a Tidy Home – Clean your home consistently using non-toxic cleaning supplies.
- Throw Away Unused Chemicals and Paint – Paint outdoors and choose non-toxic adhesive, finishes and varnishes where possible.
- Groom Pets – Washing and brushing your pets regularly will decrease shedding and dander.
- Use the Exhaust Fan Over Your Stove – The benefit of an external exhausted range hood is that it pulls out potentially toxic pollutants and gasses from the air in your kitchen.
- Use Fans in Bathrooms – Exhaust fans knock out moisture from the bathroom and diminish fumes from cleaning agents that could potentially cause health issues.
- Change Air Filters – Switching out the air filters in your heating and cooling system on a regular basis is critical to keeping good indoor air quality in your home.
- Clean Air Ducts – Most of the in-home air arrives through ducts as part of your heating and cooling system. Those air ducts can get dirty with microbes, mildew, bacteria and loads of dust and dirt. Regular duct cleaning can remove built-up debris.
In addition to these important steps there are several advanced options for fighting allergy-inducing pollution in your home.
Whole-home central humidifiers keep humidity within one percent of your preferred levels throughout your home, creating a healthier environment by scaling back dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats and keeping wood from cracking or warping. They can also curtail the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections. Proper humidification levels are equally important in both hot and cold environments. Too little humidity leaves the body vulnerable to infections whereas too much humidity creates ideal breeding grounds for mold, mildew and dust mites.
Options for high-efficiency air filtration and cleaners that kill airborne contaminants include High Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration and Germicidal UV Light Systems.