Are you, or is someone you love, struggling to cope with allergy symptoms?
If so, you are in the right place. We understand and we hope you find this article helpful.
Although dust, mold, pollen, and other allergens can feel inescapable at times, you are far from helpless in your struggle with these troublesome symptoms. And you’re not alone.
To help you recognize some steps you can take around your home to make allergy season more bearable, we at Mason Heating & Air suggest the following.
Easy Practices to Decrease Home Allergens and Improve Your Indoor Air Quality!
We all realize dust particles, mold, and pollen are typical culprits of allergy symptoms. As such, we propose “smart dusting.” When you clean your home and go to dust, begin with the things that are the highest in your home, and work your way down to the lowest items. This will keep you from spreading dust to places in your home you have already cleaned, and help you remove it more efficiently. Also, experts say you should never merely brush the dust away with a feather duster or cloth. We recommend utilizing a damp cloth to confine the dust instead of just moving it from one spot to another. It goes without saying that you should address ceiling fans, curtains, and blinds first.
The Significance of Air Filters
This is one of the most fundamental recommendations we tell our customers. First, you need to make certain the air filters you currently have in place are in good working condition and clean. Second, you must make sure they are the proper, exact, ones for your type of system.
If you have already reviewed both of these but still have allergy symptoms, you can invest in additional filters within your home if you do not already have them, either as stand-alone units or within your current central heating and air system.
Keep Pillows Clean and Utilize Covers
After a long day, we all enjoy being able to nestle into our favorite pillows at bedtime.
Nevertheless, we aren’t the only ones who love our pillows. Dust mites love pillows and can flourish in them. This unpleasant fact is unveiled in research showing that pillows and mattresses actually gain a little weight over time from the collection of the droppings from these little mites.
Once you fully comprehend this, you will recognize that washable pillowcase covers are indispensable. As such, we suggest washing all pillowcases at least one time per month. Depending on the sort of pillow you use, it too can be washed or dry cleaned every 3 to 4 months, or around the time of the changing of each season of the year.
Clean Mattresses and Beds
If you have decided to utilize a dust cover on your pillow, you might also consider using one for your mattress as well, as this is another must-have accessory for a lot of allergy sufferers. Mattresses, as stipulated above, are predisposed to becoming breeding colonies and sanctuaries for dust mites. Moreover, you should clean your headboard and bed frame regularly, particularly if either is covered with fabric.
Prevent Pollen From Coming In
As much as practicable, keep your windows sealed if you have an A/C to stop pollen from coming inside. Another good method is to take off your shoes when entering your home and leave them outside or keep a mat near your doorways where you can clean your feet off before transporting allergens indoors with you. Sustaining cool indoor temperatures also helps curb humidity, which prevents mold and dust mites from thriving.
Use a Vacuum Cleaner With a HEPA Filter
Research reveals that not all vacuum cleaners are created equal in the war against allergens. Some are better at reducing the spread of allergens indoors. As such, we advise utilizing a bagless vacuum with a HEPA filter. If at all possible, wood or other kinds of hard floors that can be dusted and mopped are better than carpeting for people suffering from serious allergy problems.
NEVER NEGLECT REGULAR MAINTENANCE ON YOUR HVAC SYSTEM TO IMPROVE YOUR INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Last but not least, if you need to get a handle on your allergy symptoms, setting up a visit for routine maintenance with one of our friendly, skilled, technicians will serve you in a variety of ways.
Not only do we keep your system working optimally, which has a direct impact on the quality of your indoor air, but we can also identify any issues that might be developing that could lead to future problems or even breakdowns.
We conduct various types of cleaning procedures and check your air ducts and air filters and other areas.
It’s like we say: It always pays off, in the long term, to be proactive with your system than to be reactive — particularly if you suffer from allergies. For more information, call Mason Heating & Air at 513-496-2477, or schedule an appointment right now by clicking here!