Did you know more than 50 million people in the United States alone have indoor and outdoor allergies? If you’re one of them, it can be hard to enjoy life because you’re constantly dealing with unpleasant symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion.
Fortunately, there are ways to turn your home into a safe haven where your allergy symptoms aren’t triggered. You probably go out of your way to get a heating tune up when you need it, and you should pay just as much attention to the quality of your indoor air. Here are a few of the top ways to make your home allergy-free.
Balance the humidity in your home
Mold and other common airway irritants thrive in humid areas. If you live in a humid climate, you may be able to relieve your indoor allergy symptoms by installing a dehumidifier. For best results, select a humidifier that can keep your indoor humidity below 50%.
Schedule an air quality test
When a professional conducts an IAQ test, he or she collects one or more samples of the air throughout your home. Then, the samples are tested to find out what types of pollutants are present. Once you get the results back, you’ll also be given suggestions for how you can improve the quality of your air.
Add and replace air filters
Did you know there are several different types of air filters and that they don’t all have the same level of effectiveness? When you suffer from allergies, it’s important to chose HEPA filters. They trap things like pollen, dust and other particles that are known to irritate airways.
In addition to installing the right type of filters in your home, you should also replace them regularly. Most experts recommend you change your filters every 90 days for optimum results. If you have pets in your home, you should change your filters every 60 days.
Invest in one or more air purifiers
As their name suggests, air purifiers purify the air by trapping airborne pollutants inside. They use fans to suck in the air in your home, then pass the air through various filters. Each set of filters removes bacteria, pollen and dust. Once the air has passed through all the filters, it is released back into your home again.
Most air purifiers are only capable of cleansing the air in one room. For that reason, it’s wise to put a separate air purifier into each room that you spend a lot of time in.
Clean your carpets, drapes and furniture
Carpets, drapes and fabric furniture are all great at collecting allergens. Then, they release the allergens into the air when you walk across your carpet, open the drapes or sit down on your sofa. To combat this common problem, vacuum and clean your carpets, drapes and furniture frequently.
There are several other things you can do to make your home allergy-free, but this list is a good place to start. Implement these practices and before long you should notice a reduction in your allergy symptoms while you’re at home.