Working Toward Improved IAQ? Room by Room Tips for Allergy-Proofing
When your allergies start to act up in the fall or spring, your mind instantly goes to pollen counts and blooming flowers, but the culprit may actually be found inside your home. Allergy-proofing the home can help eliminate these allergens from your indoor air, giving your family the ability to breathe easy again.
As you work to allergy proof your Fairfax area home, consider these room-by-room steps.
- Dust mites in bedding can cause a serious problem in bedrooms. Enclose pillows and mattresses in allergy-proof covers, then wash bedding at least weekly in warm water.
- Use hard flooring if possible or vacuum carpeting weekly with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
- Use a HEPA-filtered air cleaner in the room, directing the clean air toward your head while you sleep.
- Avoid carpeting if possible in the living room.
- Use leather and wood furniture rather than upholstered furniture, and choose washable curtains or blinds.
- Use your air conditioner, rather than the windows, when pollen counts are high to keep allergens out.
- Avoid the use of wood-burning fireplaces, as the smoke can irritate allergies.
Mold is the biggest indoor air quality risk in the bathroom. Proper ventilation in the bathroom is a must to avoid mold.
- Install a vent if you don’t have one.
- Use washable rugs and was them weekly.
- Dry the tub after every use, using a squeegee or towel to avoid mold growth.
- Repair any plumbing leaks as soon as you notice them.
- Install a allergen-reducing furnace filter in your HVAC system to remove pollen and dust mites from the air.
- Have your HVAC system cleaned and serviced at least once a year to ensure that there’s no dust built up in your ducts.
- Maintain your temperature around 70 degrees and your humidity level at or below 50 percent to encourage good indoor air quality.
If you need further help allergy-proofing the home, or for any other home comfort concerns, call HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re ready to help you improve the indoor air quality in your Fairfax home, so you’ll suffer less this allergy season.