For many, Spring is met with a sense of renewed energy, with flowers and trees in bloom bringing about new fresh air. For many, however, Spring also means a new season of sneezing, itching and making far too many trips to the grocery store for allergy medicine. While much of the allergy problems during this season come from things like pollen outside, many things indoors can also be culprits. Below, we’ve listed out a few ways to help minimize your indoor allergens. Take these steps this Spring and you may find yourself breathing a bit easier than usual during this time of year.
- Think about ditching the carpet. If you have carpet in your home, you already know how difficult it is to keep clean. The truth is, there’s a lot of dust and dirt that gets trapped in carpeting, especially if it’s longer in nature. This means a lot of the issues causing your allergies to worsen may be a ground-up problem. Replacing your carpet with hardwood or tile may be a huge step to keeping your floors clean and reducing your indoor allergens.
- Wash your curtains and blinds. Any type of cloth or fabric material inside the home is a goldmine for dust and allergens. They cling to anything they can, causing big problems for your lungs if you’re sensitive to them. Spring is the perfect time to launder all of these “secondary” fabric items in your home to limit the amount of harmful particles that can get into your home’s air.
- Remove the clutter. Many homeowners fully admit to it—they have too much clutter. It’s not only a site for sore eyes at times, but can also be a big contributor to low quality air in your home. Having lots of cluttered items that haven’t moved in months (or worse) can lead to dust and dirt building up. If you can’t get rid of the items, store them in properly sealed containers. Clutter that does remain should be dusted and/or deep cleaned regularly.
- While most of us are pet lovers, they can be big culprits of dirty homes and allergen filled inside air. Cleaning your pets once a week, or even once every few weeks, can reduce the possibility of them carrying dirty particles into your home, onto your furniture and rugs, and eventually into the air inside your home. Grooming isn’t just to keep Spot looking clean and cute, it’s to help keep your lungs from working overtime during allergy season.
- Consider air filtration equipment. It’s a reality—completely clean air inside your home is next to impossible without the help of great equipment like the air filtration systems on the market today. We offer some of the best right here at BelRed, including the CleanEffects™ whole-home filtration system. These machines work wonders and can remove harmful elements from the air inside your home.
While there are many more steps that can be taken to reduce the impact your home’s indoor air quality has on you this allergy season, these tips are a great starting point. At BelRed, we even offer Home Performance & Safety Assessments to examine some of the root causes of air quality issues in your home (omit the following, as we are likely going away from Air Advice—we don’t want to create demand on a service we can’t provide- complete indoor air testing with Air Advice™), so you can know exactly where your indoor air quality stands & how best to solve it with BelRed Energy Solutions. Contact us today to set up an appointment.Tags: Indoor air quality