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Easy Ways to Reduce In-Home Allergens Part II

Easy Ways to Reduce In-Home Allergens Part II

Are you sick of struggling with allergies in your home? Do you find yourself unable to get to sleep because your allergy symptoms are so bad? Your in-home air can accumulate a lot of potential allergens over time, and reducing them is not always an easy task. However, there are some things you can do to start reducing the allergens in your home now, with minimal effort. Yet, if you really want to address your problem head-on, hiring a professional HVAC company like SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Loveland to do things like clean your ducts and your filters will make a massive impact. If you’re interested in significantly reducing the allergens in your home, give us a call at 970-251-0755 or message us online today!

How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Here are some specific room-by-room suggestions for reducing allergens in your home:

In the Bedroom

  • Your Bed. You can mitigate allergens by getting hypoallergenic materials for your bedding. Synthetic fibers and wool are two good choices. You can also put your pillows in dust-mite-proof pillow cases. Even if you use hypoallergenic material, however, the most important thing to do is to wash your sheets at least once a week.
  • The Floor. The place where most allergens accumulate is your carpet. If you can replace your bedroom’s carpet with wood flooring, it would make a significant impact. Otherwise, the best you can do is to vacuum your carpet frequently.
  • Your Pets. Animal hair is one of the leading triggers of allergy symptoms. If you have allergies, it’s best to not let them sleep in your bed, and ideal to keep them out of your room. Better sleep means more fun at playtime during the day.
  • Your Mess. If you have dressers with a bunch of random stuff on top that you never touch, go ahead and remove that clutter. These items merely collect dust and take up space. These are things like magazines, tabletop ornaments, stuffed animals, etc.
  • Your Window. When pollen and grass season is here, don’t keep your windows open. Use air conditioning instead to keep your home cool. As air conditioners usually also help filter your air, this will improve its overall quality.
  • Your blinds. Your blinds and curtains can accumulate a lot of dust quickly. Regularly cleaning them or replacing them with synthetic fabrics can reduce the dust build-up in your blinds.

In the Bathroom

  • Your Toilet and Sink. Make sure you have no mold growing anywhere in your bathroom. Mold is commonly found under and on the sink, as well as under the rim of your toilet. Scrub it away! Mold produces spores that can cause allergy symptoms.
  • Your Walls. The walls of your bathroom can also easily become moldy, being subject to so much moisture in the air. This turns them into a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and mold. Make sure your bathroom walls are tiled or have been painted with mold-resistant paint.
  • Ventilation. When you shower or bathe, keep the fan on so the warm, moist air promptly leaves the bathroom and doesn’t cause mold to grow.

In the Basement

  • Your Foundation, Windows, and Stairwells. Make sure there are no water leaks or damp spots. These are breeding grounds for allergy-causing mold and mildew.
  • Your Humidifier. If you don’t already have a whole-house humidifier, you really should consider getting one installed, what with how extremely dry Northern Colorado tends to be. Your sinuses will be less crusted-over and your breathing will improve when your home is properly humidified. Every once in a while, depending on the make and model of your humidifier, it may require you to clean it.
  • Your Furnace. You can keep your furnace from affecting your allergies in a number of ways. You can clean out its filter and your air ducts, you can connect it up with a humidifier, and you should keep it well maintained. A properly functioning furnace will help improve the overall air quality of your home. You may need professional heating and cooling technicians to come by and perform routine maintenance to make sure that it is working well, the filters are clean, and are allergen-free — helping you avoid symptoms like watery eyes and constant sneezing. Looking for an HVAC company in Northern Colorado? Give SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call!

Around Your Entire Home

  • Eliminate Mold. Mold contributes to allergies by producing spores that get in your sinuses and make your eyes watery and nose runny or clogged up. Cleaning your house regularly, maintaining optimal humidity levels, and checking for water leaks will help keep mold to a minimum.
  • Temperature. Like humidity, temperature is one of the factors that has a major overall impact on the allergens in your home. Mold and dust mites thrive in hot, humid environments. Keeping your house at a temperature between 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 72 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity less than 50 percent will help produce an optimal, allergen-free environment.
  • Smoking. Here’s an easy one: don’t smoke in your home. It accumulates and lingers for a long time, and only worsens allergy symptoms.
    Cleaning. The overall easiest way to make your home more allergen-free is by conducting regular cleanings. Mopping hardwood floors, vacuuming carpets, dusting shelves with a damp cloth, etc. is going to make a significant difference for those of us suffering from allergy symptoms. If you have allergies, it may be wise to wear a dust mask while cleaning, though, as it can kick up dust in the process.

Creating an Allergen-Free Home

There are countless things you can do towards making your home allergen-free. There are many more things we could suggest, as well. However, these recommendations will have some of the biggest impacts. However, what will have the most significant impact reducing allergens in your home may be to get your air professionally treated by HVAC technicians. HVAC technicians can do a lot to improve your indoor air quality. For example, we can clean your air ducts, install air cleaners, and provide maintenance to your furnace. If you are in Northern Colorado and want to take big steps towards creating an allergen-free home, 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. SWAN offers same-day service, and the products we offer are guaranteed to be the best value. Our HVAC team cares strongly about our clients and are devoted to what we do. Contact us today!

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