Many people look forward to the warmer weather of spring. Unfortunately, this is typically the worst season for allergy sufferers. Poor indoor air quality can make symptoms even worse. Here’s what you can do to help clear up your spring allergies.
Change Your HVAC Filter More Often
If you suffer from allergies, make it a point to replace your HVAC filter every month. This is especially true for less expensive fiberglass filters. To further improve indoor air quality, consider upgrading to a filter with a MERV rating of 13 or higher. These filters are designed to capture more airborne contaminants.
Eliminate Dust Mites
Certain bugs can worsen your spring allergies. Dust mites, which can’t be seen with your naked eye, are especially common. One of the best ways to control these microscopic bugs is to protect your bedding with mite-proof covers.
Once a week, experts also recommend washing your sheets in hot water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat kills dust mites on contact.
Ideally, hardwood floors are better for families who suffer from allergies. They don’t harbor nearly as much pollen and pet dander. If you have carpet in your home, be sure to vacuum it twice a week. This is an easy way to improve indoor air quality. However, make sure your vacuum is designed with a HEPA filter. Another easy way to protect yourself from indoor allergens while cleaning is to wear a dust mask when doing any housekeeping.
Get an Air Purification System
An air purification system is a great way to reduce allergy problems. It’s an investment that can instantly improve your health. Even after just 30 minutes of operation, there will be far fewer irritants circulating throughout the home. Your entire family will be able to breathe easier.
Prevent the Growth of Mold Spores
When it comes to triggering allergy symptoms, mold ranks among the worst indoor contaminants. Mold thrives in moist, humid conditions. The bathroom and kitchen are hot spots for this fungus. It’s important to always run your exhaust fans when cooking and showering to prevent mold growth.
Watch Out for Insects
Living with insects inside your home can lead to more allergy issues. By leaving behind fecal matter, cockroaches contaminate the air. Keeping things clean will help deter roaches. Never leave trash and dirty dishes inside your home for long periods of time and close all leftovers in resealable containers to prevent bugs from seeking them out as sources of food.
For all of your indoor air quality needs, rely on Monarch Home Services. To schedule your appointment, call (661) 271-6099.