Although it’s easy to forget in the dead of winter, allergy season is never far away, and its effects can stop sensitive allergy sufferers in their tracks. What’s more, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of allergens in the home. How frustrating is that? Can allergy sufferers not even be comfortable in their own home?
Well, if you’re on a mission to clean your home’s air of allergens for good, here are seven quick and easy tips to get you started.
Measure Humidity and Use a Dehumidifier
Humidity plays a major role in allergen levels in your home air. And when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Moisture tends to grab ahold of dust, pollen, and fine particulate matter, so the more moist your air is, the more allergens you’re going to be breathing.
A simple way to use this principle to your advantage is to measure the humidity in your home and dehumidify it when necessary. All you have to do is pick up a hygrometer (sort of like a thermometer for measuring moisture levels) from your local hardware store of friendly online retailer along with a quality dehumidifier. Everybody is different, but 60% humidity or greater usually calls for dehumidification.
Upgrade Your Furnace Filter
You’ve probably been told dozens of times – from your local AC company, friends, and family – how important it is to change your central air/furnace filter regularly. And it’s true that changing your filters regularly is very important. However, filter quality is just as important.
If you’re a severe allergy sufferer, you should replace your filters with ones that are rated MERV rating of 9 or higher.
Whatever contaminants don’t get picked up by your central air system filter will simply hang out in your home and continue to irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. An easy way to get rid of these remaining irritants is to maintain a regular vacuuming schedule. Vacuuming is a highly efficient way to suck up allergens and irritants, and it’s easy to make a habit of vacuuming once or twice per week.
Try Testing Your Air
If you’ve tried some of the tactics above only to find that you’re still having issues, consider having your home’s air tested. Air testing will give you several pieces of crucial information, including the exact levels of contamination, the specific contaminants that need to be eradicated, and consequently, your best course of action for getting rid of them.
Look Into Purchasing a Room Air Filter
If your living space doesn’t have central air, or if you have a particular room that you want to keep especially allergen-free, a standalone, single-room air filter could be a good solution. These filters use a fan system to circulate air throughout the room and through their high efficiency filter, which is very effective for alleviating acute symptoms.
How would you like to know more about indoor air contamination and how to reduce it? Check out the graphic below to get the scoop.
Source: Is Your Home’s Air Polluted?