The temperatures are starting to decline, and everyone’s time inside is on the rise. One study we saw estimated Americans spend 90% of their time indoors—which can be very difficult if you are one of the 55% of Americans that have tested positive for an allergy to indoor allergens. That makes fall a very crucial time for indoor allergy sufferers who want to rid their home of those evil allergens so they can spend their time indoors allergy-symptom free.
Buy a vacuum that removes allergens.
Besides price, size, and energy source (battery pack or electric), add another factor into your vacuum purchase: an allergy-friendly vacuum. Look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag to ensure that you can remove allergens from your home—and dispose of them without having an allergy attack.
Clean your ducts.
Indoor allergy symptoms can be exacerbated by common indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold. Every time you turn on your furnace or air conditioner, all of those allergens re-circulate though your home through your air ducts. To avoid the build up and recirculation or indoor allergens, schedule an annual duct cleaning.
Look for a furnace filter with a high MERV.
Furnace filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) catch finer particles circulating in the air, including allergens. Be careful, though; filters with high MERVs (the max is 16) can add pressure on your furnace fan and possibly damage your furnace. If you are considering a filter with a high MERV, make sure to consult a HVAC technician to make adjustments for a high MERV filter.
Take the next step to cleaner air: purify.
If you have allergies, particles in the air that can trigger symptoms that make daily living difficult. The American College of Allergists states that 50% of illnesses are aggravated by poor indoor air quality, including allergies. Home air purifiers remove allergens from the air and can be installed as part of your HVAC system. If you are interested in an air purifier, contact the professionals to determine what air purifier would work best for your home and get a quote for air purifying equipment and installation.
Control your home’s humidity.
Rooms with humidity above 50 percent can breed mold, mildew, and dust mites that trigger indoor allergy symptoms. Use a humidistat to monitor your home’s humidity. If you are concerned about high home humidity, contact a technician who can lay out your options for a whole-home dehumidifier that maintains a healthy room humidity.
Wash and clean your favorite places.
Look hard at the common places you sit and lay in during your everyday life. Schedule an upholstery cleaning for your favorite chairs and couches. Wash your bed sheets on a regular basis—all the places where dust mites, pet dander, or other allergens may be, and where they can trigger your indoor allergy symptoms.