After a long, cold winter, it feels good to be able to open the windows again and let more fresh air into your home. It improves the air flow, and helps to eliminate allergens from indoor air.
Dust, pollen, dirt, pet dander, chemicals, and other substances can create allergic reactions for some. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny or clogged sinuses, and watery, itchy eyes.
Allergens can be especially troublesome for people with asthma and other breathing conditions. If you’re looking for a move in cleaning service, check us out. Here are a few ways to reduce allergens in your home.
Avoid Pet Dander
Doctors recommend that people with allergies should not have pets with feathers or fur. Common pet allergies are due to dead skin cells, or pet dander. You may want to see an allergist who will run tests to determine if you have pet allergies.
If you do, and have pets in your home, there are steps you can take to limit your exposure. You can close doors and prevent pets from entering certain rooms of your home, or cover vents with a cheesecloth to trap pet dander and fur, or feathers.
Be sure to wash any beds, towels, toys, or other items that your pet comes into contact with regularly. Brushing and bathing your pets on a regular basis can also limit exposure to dander.
Bathe your pet outside if possible, and wear a mask while cleaning them. Pets often bring in pollen, dirt, and other contaminants in with them from the outside.
Take the time to groom them before they spread those allergens indoors, because that will help to ensure better indoor air quality. Wash or clean pet bowls or any other items that your pet comes into regular contact with.
If one of their bowls or toys is no longer useful, dispose of it carefully. Leaving old toys or other items around that have pet hair, dander, dust, mold, or other harmful substances on them can increase allergy risks.
Clean Bedding, Furniture, And Carpets Often
Another way to limit exposure to allergens is through regular house cleaning. Wash all bedding materials and indoor rugs regularly.
Experts recommend washing these items and clothes in warm water that’s at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. Use a hot, dry setting to kill off bacteria and dust mites.
Use plastic or allergen-resistant covers for pillows, bedding, and clothes. This will reduce the chances of dust mites getting into the fabric.
Vacuuming is another way of reducing dust mites, but beware that some vacuum cleaners return dust and other particles back into the air. Use a vacuum cleaner that is allergy and asthma-friendly for best results.
Reduce Indoor Air Humidity
Opening windows during the warmer, drier days can greatly improve your indoor air quality. Clean window sills and seals carefully, and make sure to reduce humidity as much as possible. A higher humidity increases the chances for dust mites to multiply, and mold to form.
Air conditioners are very effective for reducing humidity. When running your air conditioner, make sure to keep your windows and doors closed. Putting your air conditioner on recirculate helps to decrease airborne contaminants such as dust, dander, and mold.