Suffering With Allergies? Simple Solutions To Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

As a homeowner, you most likely understand the importance of keeping your house clean and appealing. However, if you or a family member suffers with allergies, ensuring your house is clean is essential to your home's air quality and health. If you or a family member are part of the 50 million people who suffer with nasal allergies due to pollen, pet dander, dust, or mold, improving the quality of your home's air is smart. Using this guide on improving your indoor air quality, you can decrease your allergy symptoms.

Cleaning your Home

Cleaning your home is not only necessary for its overall look, but it is essential for reducing the buildup of dust on furniture and in the air. Without periodic cleaning, dust and dander will begin to flow through your home's indoor air, increasing your allergy symptoms.

To clean your home properly and reduce the presence of dust and dander in the air, use the following tips:

  • Weekly Dusting – Dust furniture and other surfaces in your home using an electrostatic cloth or dusting tool. Even if not visible, the dust may still be present.
  • Weekly Vacuuming – Dust, dander, and other allergens can quickly build up on flooring, rugs, curtains, and other linens. Vacuuming each week will reduce the amount of allergens in your home. If possible, invest in a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter, which filters out 99.7 percent of small particles.
  • Eco-Friendly Cleaners – Visit your local discount retailer or home improvement store and you will find a large selection of cleaners. While effective for cleaning glass, furniture, and other areas in your home, the cleaners contain VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs are not only hazardous to the environment, but they can also irritate your skin, eyes, and respiratory system, increasing your allergy symptoms. To avoid VOCs in your home, use an electrostatic cloth to dust. To clean glass and other surfaces of your home, combine 2 cups of water with 2 cups of vinegar in a spray bottle. The vinegar solution will clean and sanitize your home without harmful VOCs.  

Heating and Cooling your Home

While surprising to hear, maintaining your home's heating and cooling system can also improve your indoor air quality. One of the easiest ways to reduce allergens in your air is through the system's filters.

Your filters trap dust, pet dander, and other allergens before they flow through your home's air. Unfortunately, the filters can clog up with this debris, so cleaning or replacing them every month is smart if you or a family member suffers with allergies. In addition, periodic cleaning of filters will ensure your heat pump works efficiently.

Remove the filter and vacuum the interior opening of the register. If using a reusable filter, place it in a tub filled with warm water and liquid dish soap. Allow it to soak for a few minutes before rinsing. Be sure it dries completely before reinserting in place. Replace a disposable filter with a new one.

Periodically hire a technician to conduct a duct cleaning service, as well. Located in the ceilings, walls, attic, and crawlspace of your home, ductwork moves heated and cooled air into your home. Unfortunately, the ductwork can also move dust, debris, and other dander into your house. A duct cleaning service will suction out all visible and microscopic dust and allergens, reducing the amount coming into your home. This service is not only beneficial for reducing your allergy symptoms, but it can also improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Living with allergies is not pleasant, but reducing the itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing is possible. Using these tips to improve your home's indoor air quality, you can reduce your allergy symptoms. If you need help with changing your air filter or cleaning your ducts, contact a local HVAC company like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc.