Allergy season is here, and while most people notice the increased pollen in the area, this time of year can be particularly difficult for those that suffer from severe allergies or asthma. While you might not be able to do anything about the pollen levels outdoors, the good news is that there are things you can do to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms by reducing the allergens in your home.
By reducing allergens and improving indoor air quality, you can reduce the likelihood of your family experiencing bad allergies or asthma flare-ups. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help you reduce the allergens in your home and ease your family’s allergy symptoms.
Dust and allergens will build up in your home, especially if you have pets. Plus, if you have carpeting in your house, this is an area that will hold allergens, dust mites, and pet dander. To help improve air quality, it’s vital to vacuum carpets and flooring at least once a week. It’s also a good idea to regularly vacuum upholstery, as this is another area where dust and allergens can get trapped.
Keep HVAC Filters Clean
Your home’s HVAC filters help to filter out allergens in your air ducts and to improve the air quality in your home. These filters should be changed at least every 90 days. However, for individuals with severe allergies or for households with pets, it’s a good idea to change these every 45-60 days.
Regularly Clean Bedding
Your family collects pollen on their clothes and in their hair throughout the course of the day. At night, those allergens are transferred to pillows and beddings. To help reduce the presence of allergens in your home, it’s important to regularly wash all bedding. This should be done at least once a week.
Dust All Surfaces
Dust mites and allergens naturally build up in your home, especially in places that are often overlooked during cleaning – for example, on bookshelves or in hard-to-reach places. To minimize the dust in your home, you should dust all surfaces with a microfiber or electrostatic cloth at least once a week. When doing your weekly dusting, make sure that you don’t overlook fans or windows.
Wash Drapes and Curtains
Window coverings are an area where dust and allergens are often high, yet they’re an area that’s often overlooked when cleaning. Drapes and curtains collect lots of dust, so it’s vital to clean these, ideally twice a year. Cleaning drapes and curtains means taking them all down and thoroughly washing them. It might be a pain, but it’s important for improving your home’s air quality.
Let Us Help Reduce Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
While a good cleaning routine can keep your home safer and more comfortable, staying on top of this routine can be challenging. This is especially true if your primary cleaner has bad allergies or asthma. Thankfully, we can help! There’s no need to suffer through your weekly cleaning. At Nashville Brighthouse, we have a team ready to handle your weekly cleaning, seasonal deep-clean, or any other cleaning needs you have. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a cleaning online.
For more cleaning tips on how to reduce allergy and asthma symptom in your home, visit this article in Family Allergy & Asthma!