How to Prepare Your Home For Spring Allergens
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you're not alone. According to statistics, more than 17 million American adults suffer from seasonal allergies every year. The springtime months are the time of year when these seasonal allergies are most likely to strike, so many allergy suffers across the country are now dreading the upcoming weeks.
Fortunately for allergy sufferers everywhere, spring allergies can be avoided with a bit of foresight. With a little spring cleaning, it's easy to prevent the pleasant springtime weather from causing you discomfort and misery because of allergies.
There's a lot you can do around the house to reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms in the coming weeks, and these chores will also improve the overall look and feel of your Santa Cruz home.
Get started with the following ten suggestions on spring cleaning tasks for allergy sufferers:
Get a HEPA Filter
One way to thoroughly clean your home's interior air without having to do any work is to purchase a HEPA filter. These filters will filter contaminants that cause allergy symptoms out of the air as you sleep. They don't only prevent and alleviate allergies, but they also can fight odors in your home's interior air.
Having an air filter is especially important if you have pets or smokers living in your home.
Service Your HVAC Equipment
HVAC system components like your air conditioner and heat pump typically have filters built in that need to be replaced periodically to continue functioning properly. A newly replaced filter will be more effective at removing allergens like pollen from the air circulating throughout your home.
Another HVAC maintenance task you can have performed is a duct cleaning. Duct cleaning will also improve your home's air quality.
Start Vacuuming on a Weekly Basis
A lot of allergens are lurking beneath your feet in the carpets and rugs of your home. They can easily be forced up into the air when you're walking over your carpet. If you vacuum every week, your carpets and rugs will be much cleaner and your air will be more pure.
Clean Around the Outsides and Insides of Your Windows and Doors
Outdoor air often leaks into a home's interior through the doors and windows. Any debris located in these areas of your home can therefore easily get blown into the interior of your home if it is not cleaned regularly and kept under control.
Give your doors and windows a good cleaning as the spring weather is arriving to minimize the entrance of allergens.
Wash Your Bedsheets Regularly
You might not at first think of your bed as an area of your home that could be exposing you to allergens the most, but it's important to realize that you spend a lot of time in your bed with your blankets pressed up against your face.
Blankets that are not washed often may have a buildup of allergens that cause you to wake up in the morning feeling stuffy and congested. Be especially careful to regularly wash bedsheets in the springtime when you're most susceptible to allergy symptoms.
Fight and Prevent Mold and Mildew
The presence of mold and mildew in your home can detract from interior air quality and aggravate allergies. When you do your spring cleaning, it's a good idea to inspect your home and find spots where mold and mildew have developed, then remove them by washing them with a mixture of warm water and soap.
Mold and mildew will be most likely to develop in areas of your home that are prone to moisture buildup like your basement, bathrooms, and kitchen. Fix leaky pipes and any roofing issues that are allowing precipitation to enter your home for further protection against mold and mildew.
Get a New Front Doormat
Depending on what material your front doormat is made of, it could be a magnet for allergens. These allergens can easily penetrate your home if they are located so close to an entrance.
Doormats that are made of rope or other natural fibers can give mold and mites an ideal habitat to flourish in.
Instead of using a doormat made of natural fibers, consider getting one made of synthetic materials. Also, wash it regularly to cut back on the presence of allergens.
No matter how new or clean your home is, dust will accumulate on surfaces over time. In particular, dust is likely to accumulate in the back of cupboards and on surfaces in areas that are often ignored. This dust can easily get blown up into the air by drafts. Your spring cleaning should include a thorough dusting of all surfaces.
Avoid Opening Your Windows
When the weather warms up, it's tempting to open up windows to let spring breezes freshen up your home in Santa Cruz. However, this can allow pollen and other springtime allergens to get in your home and aggravate your allergy symptoms. Keep windows closed as much as possible and rely on your air conditioner to cool things down if necessary.
Consider Replacing Your Mattress
Dust mites are a particularly common cause of allergy symptoms. They will be especially likely to cause problems in your home if you're sleeping on an old mattress.
Over time, the dust mite population will build up in a mattress. You can slow down the growth of dust mite population if you use a plastic or vinyl mattress cover that can seal out the pests.
If you'd like to have your HVAC equipment professionally serviced this spring to help reduce the number of allergens in your Santa Cruz, CA home's air, contact Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 219-8644 for more information.