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Easy Ways to Reduce In-Home Allergens Part I

Easy Ways to Reduce In-Home Allergens Part I

Are you suffering from allergies and just can’t get any relief? There are countless things you can do to reduce allergens in your home, turning it into a sanctuary away from irritants and discomfort. Here are some of the easiest, most significant things you can do to improve the air in your home. Of course, these easy steps may still not be as impactful as hiring professional HVAC technicians to come by and improve the air quality of your home. Call SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Loveland at 970-251-0755 or message us online to learn more about how professional HVAC services can dramatically improve the air quality in your home, reducing the background of constant irritation and all those other pesky allergy symptoms.|

What Are Allergies?

For those of you who don’t know, or have the luxury of not personally suffering from allergies, allergies are small particles that trigger a variety of symptoms for millions of people. Allergies are extremely common. The most common triggers of allergies are dust mites, mold, pet dander, pollen, and grasses. Allergies can ruin your day — especially seasonal allergies. These particles can gather everywhere: in your carpet, on your furniture, in your bed, and pretty much everywhere else. If you suffer from allergies, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you are ready to take a stab at reducing the allergies in your home, this two part article series is for you. Let’s get started!

Home Cleaning Approaches to Reducing Allergies

The first category of allergy reduction is home cleaning.

Regular Vacuuming

We’re going to start from the ground up. One of our main allies for reducing things like dust and other particles in your home is your vacuum. Regular vacuuming at least once a week will help curtail allergens in your home, especially if your vacuum has a HEPA filter built in.

Wash Your Sheets

Do you often find yourself lying in bed and being totally unable to fall asleep? Then, you suddenly realize that of course you can’t get to sleep — you can’t breathe through your nose at all! One of the primary culprits that cause people to have allergic symptoms like a clogged nose is that their sheets have accumulated enough allergens to impact them in this significant way. Washing your sheets is one of the easiest things you can do to reduce allergens in your bedroom. Plus, sleeping in fresh, clean sheets also just feels good.

Use Humidifiers

Especially here in Colorado, if you don’t already have a home humidifier installed, you’re definitely going to have problems with the dry air if you have allergies. Humidifiers can improve the health of your sinus’ mucus membranes. Don’t let your humidifier get moldy or grow any fungus though, as breathing that kind of material is going to be worse than having no humidifier set up at all.

Eliminate Mold and Mildew

Even though it is so dry in Northern Colorado, that doesn’t stop mold and mildew from developing in places where water accumulates: the shower, under the sink, behind walls, in the basement, etc. You can do your best to eliminate the visible mold, but to fully eliminate mold and mildew in your home, hiring a team with professional tools and experience is going to lead to a more thorough removal. Besides just cleaning it up when you see it, another useful way of eliminating mold and mildew is by running a dehumidifier in places where water regularly accumulates.

Optimize Your Home’s Temperature

If your home is too hot, you may inadvertently be inviting dust mites and mold into your home. Keep your home temperature between 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 72 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal allergy-reducing temperatures. It’s also a good practice to get in the habit of regularly removing dust and other particle build-up on your central heating and cooling systems filters at least once a month.

Reducing Allergies the Easy Way

Medication may be helpful for reducing allergy symptoms, but they usually have unwelcome side-effects like making you sleepy or depressed. On the flipside, what are the side effects of things like regular vacuuming and cleaning your sheets? Comfort and better sleep. One could easily make a “breathe easier” metaphor at this point of the article, but we at SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. prefer to keep our metaphors a bit fresher; like your home will be if you follow the aforementioned suggestions.

In part II of this article series, we look into some more, room-by-room ways you can reduce allergens in your home. Ready to get your air ducts, filters, and more cleaned by professionals? Give SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Loveland a call at 970-251-0755 or message us online to learn more about how professional HVAC services can improve the air quality in your home.

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