Just as one of the 50 million allergy sufferers in the US. Allergies are not just seasonal and can make you pretty miserable, year-round. As an allergy sufferer, you are at the mercy of air quality wherever you go. Even in the home dust, pet dander, and even cockroaches can seriously impact your indoor air quality.
The good news is that the home is one of the few places where you have the power to control air quality.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Children, people with asthma, and the elderly are may be most sensitive to indoor air pollutants, but anyone can be affected by indoor allergens. Source control is one of the most effective ways you can improve and control the quality of your indoor air. Here are a few highly effective ways to help you breathe easier.
Change Your HVAC Filter Regularly
Let's face it, most people do not think about changing their HVAC filters until they have a reason. For allergy sufferers, a flare-up can be one of those reasons. Your HVAC filters have a lot to do with your indoor air quality. That's why it is important to change your filters regularly, as a matter of routine maintenance.
Choose High-Quality Filters
You've probably noticed that there a lot of HVAC filters on the market. Each of them provides varied results depending on the brand and structure. Some of the most commonly used are the Economy Panel Filters which have the common pleated formation.
]These types of filters use additional surface space to achieve an acceptable level of filtration, versus the more effective density of the material structure, such as in Dust Goblin's multi-layered fiber design. Understand that the quality and construction of your filter will impact its effectiveness, which in turn will impact the quality of your air.
Limit the Amount of Area of Exposed Dirt in the Yard
To keep dust down, limit the amount of area of exposed dirt. Instead, plant grass or low allergen plants, or use rocks, gravel, or bark to hold down the dust.
Limit the Use of Fans
Fans stir up dust, pet dander, and other allergens causing more irritants to stay airborne in the air we breathe.
Keep Surface Areas Clean
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends keeping surface areas as clean as possible for better air quality. Use moist cloths to pick up dust from furniture and counters, rather than dusters which just move the dust. Vacuum carpeting and draperies regularly to remove debris.
Keep Pets Outdoors
We may love Fido, but Fido's dander may not love us. If pet hair and dander is a problem, there are a number of ways to reduce the amount of it in the home. Consider letting pets have the backyard space.
If the pets are largely indoor pets, take a damp cloth and wipe them down before they come back inside. Regular grooming can also help. Having your pet's skin conditioned and coat washed and dethatched can also help keep the pet allergens to a minimum.
Make Your Home Smoke-Free
Cigarette smoke is a huge problem for many allergy sufferers, so keeping it out of the home is very important. Invite guests who smoke to do so outside and keep your home smoke-free.
Decrease the Humidity in the Home
The presence of humidity increases dust mites and mold growth. Air conditioners can help decrease humidity, too.
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