Even if you see your house as small, it really isn’t – at least not when it comes to ridding your home of allergens. Allergens can gather and multiply just about anywhere and, room by room, there are different ways to keep the problem under control.
Since taking on your entire house is just too much for a single blog, today we’re going to focus on your living room and bedrooms. We think you’ll find this information highly useful, especially if you suffer from allergies.
In Your Bedrooms
- Flooring. If possible, rid your home of wall-to-wall carpeting and replace it with wood, vinyl, laminate, or other types of flowing that’s easy to clean. Area rugs are okay, too, but once again, they need be kept clean. If replacing carpeting is not an option, then clean it at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner that has either a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. You should consider shampooing the carpet, too.
- Bed and Bedding. Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in allergen-impermeable covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets once a week in hot water; remove, wash or cover your comforters, too. For even better results, replace wool or feather pillows or bedding with those made from synthetics.
- Shut Windows. Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. While you’re at it, remove mold and condensation from window frames by keeping them clean. and sills. Use double-paned windows if you live in a cold climate.
- Eliminate Clutter. Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, clothing, books and magazines. Additionally, consider storing children’s toys, games, and stuffed animals in plastic bins.
In Your Living Room
- Furniture. Upholstered furniture is a haven from dust, pollen, and other airborne allergens looking for a home to reside in an on. You would do well to replace at least some of it with leather.
- Curtains and Blinds. Washable curtains made of cotton or synthetic fibers are best for controlling the spread and growth of your household allergy population.
- Fireplaces. Avoid use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke and gases can worsen respiratory allergies. Most natural gas fireplaces won’t cause this problem.
If you or other family members suffer from allergy-induced problems, we hope it’s not so severe that you’re resorting to extreme measures to protect your health. But if you need some assistance in that department, contact Optimum Air today to request a free quote on a whole-house air filtration system, one that can remove more than 99% of airborne pollutants as they attempt to pass through the system’s filter. We have multiple air quality solutions, including the right one for your family’s needs and budget.