As an allergy sufferer, I often wonder how I can make my home as allergen-free as possible.
1. Get rid of old carpets that contain trapped dirt, dust, pollen, mold, pet dander and a myriad of other allergens. Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with hard surface flooring that is easy to keep clean such as hardwood or cork.
3. A little maintenance goes a long way. Keep your home allergen-free by dusting and vacuuming regularly.
4. Maintain good indoor air quality during home improvements by working with an experienced professional who will keep drywall dust to a minimum and use water-based or low-VOC finishes throughout your home.
5. Track the daily pollen count in your city and on days when the count in particularly high, keep your windows closed and stay indoors if possible.
6. Be sure to clean the filters on your heating and cooling system on a monthly basis, following manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Aside from the filters, allergens can accumulate in your home’s HVAC system and be blown throughout your home. Having your ductwork cleaned annually can help reduce this problem.
A little prevention can go a long way when it comes to relieving allergies. Fall can be a bad time of year for many people so maintaining good indoor air quality is extremely important.
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