Many people equate allergies and asthma with poor outdoor air quality. So, they stay indoors when news reports say that the air outside is filled with pollen and spores.
But indoor air isn’t immune to allergens. In fact, pollutants such as dust mites, animal dander, and (yes) even cockroaches can wreak havoc on your respiratory system.
Controlling the air quality inside your home can greatly reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. But is it even possible to control the air quality inside your home?
Yes. Here are a few tips to help you purify your air, so you can breathe easy:
Control dust mites
Keep the surfaces in your home clean and uncluttered. Bare floors and walls may not be the most aesthetically pleasing decor choice. But they minimize how much dust can accumulate in your home. Take special care to keep your bedroom clean, as you spend roughly 1/3 of your day sleeping.
If you have to have carpets, then throw rugs are best, as they can be washed.
Use covers …
One of the most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of allergens is to place zippered allergen-impermeable or plastic covers on all pillows, mattresses, and box springs. These covers work better than air cleaners at reducing your allergy symptoms.
Vacuum once or twice weekly. But keep in mind vacuuming also puts dust in the air. We recommend using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or special double filter bags. If you have allergies, wear a dust mask while doing housework.
AND FINALLY, THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO RID YOUR HOME OF THOSE PESKY ALLERGENS …
Is to get your home air quality tested. And while there are some at-home methods you can use, you’re far better off investing in a professional to test your indoor air quality.
Why? Because pollutants aren’t all created equal. There are three types of pollutants that are most likely in your home, causing you discomfort (and possibly harming your health):
- Biological pollutants, like mold, dander, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria
- Chemical pollutants, which include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, and the other chemical pollutants lead and radon
- Combustion pollutants, like carbon monoxide and tobacco smoke (incidentally, VOCs and other chemical pollutants may result from combustion)
Professionals, like the team here at Comfort First, have the tools and expertise to test your home for every pollutant that might be affecting your air quality.
Not only that, we can then provide you with an action plan on how best to minimize, or eliminate, these pollutants. Many of our suggestions include at-home tips, such as the ones outlined earlier in this post. However, there are times when we may recommend more in-depth steps be taken, such as ductwork cleaning, or even repairing or replacing your HVAC system.
In the end, however, our goal is to help you improve your indoor air quality with the least amount of impact on your life or wallet. That’s why more homeowners and businesses throughout North Carolina trust us to test and improve their indoor air quality.
Learn more about what we can do to help you and your family breathe easier by contacting us today.