Spring Cleaning: Keeping Allergens Out of Your Home This Spring
Spring is officially here which means warmer weather, blooming trees and flowers, and most importantly… allergies. While we’ve all been wishing for the cold to go away, we aren’t at all wishing for the pollen that comes with Spring. Your home is filled with more pollen than you’re aware of, and it could be causing more damage to your health than you think. Dust mites, pet dander, mold, and insect droppings can cause severe allergy symptoms and asthma attacks in those affected. Controlling your home’s air quality with Spring cleaning is the most important first step to breathing easier this season.
Keeping A Clean Home
We’ve all heard the term Spring cleaning. This is the time of year where we want to make sure every nook and cranny of our homes are the cleanest they can be. Keeping all flat surfaces such as tables, dressers, and counters wiped down can make a huge difference in the amount of dust that will settle in your home. Vacuuming and sweeping can keep air pollutants to a minimum even while every member of the family is tracking pollen inside on the bottom of their shoes. You’ll also want to wash clothes and bedding on a weekly basis if possible.
Of course, our furry friends are included in those members of the family tracking pollen into the house. Because of this, you’ll want to be sure to keep extra clean in the areas where they hangout. This includes their bed, as well as your bed if they sleep with you, and the sofa or chair that they like to snuggle up in while watching a good movie. You’ll also want to make sure to wash and brush them more regularly to keep pollutants out of their coats.
Prevent Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew can easily trigger allergy symptoms in our households, so preventing the spread and stopping them at the source is essential during allergy season. Start in the bathroom, as this is where you likely have the best environment for mold and mildew to thrive: stagnant humidity. Towel dry the shower or tub after using it, scrub between the tiles and other surfaces, and replace or wash what may already have mold on it, such as the shower curtain. Outside of the bathroom, replace any moldy carpet, and place a dehumidifier in any areas with low air flow.
Spring cleaning can sometimes stir up allergies. We recommend following these tips to decrease dust and debris from circulating through the air. When dusting, use a damp cloth to attract dust and ensure the situation doesn’t worsen by letting it scatter about. Wear a dust mask when cleaning. You may not like the look, but trust us, you’ll be thankful for it later. Use green cleaners or cleaners that are naturally made and environmentally friendly. You can even look up how to make your own cleaners with natural products you likely have at home.
By using a humidifier or dehumidifier and keeping your home’s relative humidity between 40% – 50%, you can help control the pollutants floating about the air in your home. Investing in an air filtering system will improve your home’s air quality by trapping pollutants and allergens that are brought into your home each and every day.
That’s where we come in! While all of the methods mentioned above will help in reducing household allergens, installing an appropriate air purification system in your home from John D. Jones HVAC is your best bet for sustaining clean air throughout every room. Give us a call today at 850-539-7294 and start protecting your home.
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