Over 50 million people in America suffer from allergies. Whether it’s an allergy caused by the family pup, or an allergy brought on by all those freshly blooming, pollen-filled flowers, allergies can certainly be uncomfortable.
With spring on the horizon, we’ve rounded up some of our top ideas for decreasing allergens in your home. From air filters to housekeeping habits, kick the allergies goodbye with these tips and tricks.
Practice Good Housekeeping Habits
Decreasing allergens in your home can be as simple as switching the thermostat. It’s a common mistake people make, but when you’re dusting your home, turn the thermostat fan setting to “on”. When you do, the blower and vents will work together to block airborne allergens (like dust) in your filter. Other good housekeeping habits are to vacuum weekly and remember to have your carpet shampooed. Dust, pollen, pet fur, and all sort of allergens can easily make their way to the carpet and stay there — so keeping the floor clean is essential. If your allergies are really bad, consider getting rid of wall-to-wall carpeting and investing in tile or wood. Keeping your pets brushed and shampooed will also decrease allergens, as their dander, fur, saliva, and urine are all a source of allergens.
Invest in a Good Air Filter and Air Purifier
Two simple — yet essential — ways to bid farewell to springtime allergies, are to invest in a good air filter and air purifier. Go for a high-MERV air filter which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The higher the MERV rating, the higher the amount of particles the filter traps. Keep in mind that most residential HVAC systems use filters with MERV ranges from 7-12. For your best bet in decreasing allergens, make sure to change the MERV filter regularly. Similarly, an air purifier like Reme Halo will help keep the allergens at bay. This whole-home, in-duct purifier reduces particles like dust, pollen, and dander, and kills up to 99% of bacteria and viruses in your home.
Schedule a Preventative Maintenance for Your AC
You might have heard jokes about a “seasonal air conditioning allergy” — and the fact is, these jokes aren’t too far off. If your air conditioner is circulating contaminants that you’re allergic to, it might be causing you to sneeze, itch, and further feel the effects of those seasonal allergies. Everything from pollen and dust mites, to pet dander, mold, and mildew can be circulating in your home when you run the AC. Bacteria and viruses can also circulate through a system, as can outdoor pollutants that are making their sneaky way indoors.
Scheduling a cleaning of the coils as part of your preventative AC maintenance is a good thing to do before the start of the season (as allergies can often be exacerbated during the first few times the AC runs).
When you’re ready to schedule your preventative AC maintenance, feel free to reach out to Air Authority today. Whatever you need help with, we’re here and happy to serve you.
From the whole Air Authority team, thanks for reading. We’re wishing you a sneeze-free, itch-free, allergy-avoiding spring season ahead