Spring is one the most beautiful seasons of the year, but for many of us, that beauty has a price. More than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy. Allergy symptoms from a simple runny nose, to a head pounding headache. We don’t have much choice in avoiding allergies outside of our home. Inside our home is a different story, we will list five ways to help you leave the allergies at the front door!
Dusting your home is the number one way to keep allergens from accumulating in your home. First, let’s gear up, cleaning isn’t the most people’s idea of a good time, so don’t make it worse by not protecting yourself against allergens. A simple dust mask and a pair of rubber gloves, and a damp rag or towel are all you will need. It is important to use a damp rag otherwise you’ll just be reintroducing the dust back into your home’s airflow. Pay special attention to cluttered areas as these areas are typically cleaned less often.
Change Your Furnace Filter
This one is huge! Regularly changing your furnace filter offers a lot of benefits. Not only will it keep dust and allergens down, but also helps to extend the life of your heating and cooling system. When it comes to furnace filters, you get what you pay for. While a HEPA rated filter may cost a bit more, the benefits are worth the few extra dollars. If you really want to keep the dust and allergens at bay, look for electrostatic filters. Electrostatic filters are among the most effective filters besides a built-in mechanical furnace filter.
Vacuum At Least Twice A Week
Before you fire up the vacuum make sure its filter is in good working order so that you aren’t adding extra dust to your home’s air. Pay special attention to areas that have a lot of traffic as well as areas behind or underneath furniture. When it comes time to empty your vacuum don’t empty the dirt into a trash can in your home, instead take it outside and dump it into your trash bin.
Keep Humidity Low
This tip not only helps you keep the dust down but also helps you maintain a cool comfortable home throughout the hot summer months. Most homes today have a moisture control device attached right to the furnace. To see if your home has such a device, the first place you’re going to want to look is at your thermostat. If your thermostat has a humidity level setting, you’re golden. Simply run a bit of trial and error until you get to a comfortable humidity level. If your thermostat does not have a humidity setting its time to head to the basement. Take a look at your furnace, humidity control devices are typically mounted at eye level or higher. On the device, you will see a dial or digital control panel that allows you to change the humidity levels. You want to shoot for a level between 30 – 40 percent.
Keep The Bad Air Out
This one is as simple as keeping your windows and doors closed. We all love to have our homes filled with nice fresh Spring or Summer air, but for those of us with allergies, this is a no-no. This doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy the fresh air. Many weather services offer allergy levels for any given day. Simply limit your home’s exposure by only leaving your windows and doors open on days when allergens are low. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh air without risking you or your families health.
See, that wasn’t too much work, was it? While these tips won’t completely remove all dust or allergens, you can rest assured that you have improved your home’s air dramatically! At Anabel’s Cleaning Service, the health of you and your family is very important to us. That’s why our highly skilled cleaners take their time to make sure your home or office is spotless!
If you’re looking to keep your home allergy free this year, give us a call! Our Roscoe, IL office (815) 623-2964 or our Naperville, IL office (331) 229-3185 or book online https://anabelscleaning.com/online-booking/