Taking control over your home’s indoor air quality is easy with these tips to allergy-proof your home. That way, no matter the season, and regardless of what outdoor pollutants are present, you can seek refuge inside your home—and breathe a little easier there.
Common allergens that can wreak havoc with your indoor air include the following:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Volatile organic compounds
However, there are several strategies that, when combined, can effectively target most pollutants and give them the boot. These include:
- Maintaining a healthy indoor humidity level. This can be effectively accomplished with a humidifier. Whole-house humidifiers provide targeted relief from overly dry indoor air, as they will add moisture to every room in your home and create an environment that is inhospitable to bacteria and viruses.
- Upgrading your furnace filter. You need an effective filter installed alongside your heating and cooling equipment to trap small particles and allergens. Contact your HVAC contractor to discuss your options, and be sure to ask about a HEPA filter system, too, which can perform to much higher filtering capabilities than standard filters.
- Changing your filter regularly. Doing this once a month should suffice for home occupants that suffer from allergies and it will work to improve indoor air quality, too.
- Routine cleaning. Possibly the best, low-cost way to reduce allergens, effective cleaning practices include dusting regularly with a material that traps dust permanently, vacuuming floors and furniture often, and/or using a vacuum that features a HEPA filter.
- Targeting sleeping areas. Experts often pinpoint these areas as ones that deserve extra attention, and rightly so, as most people spend the majority of their time in their bedrooms compared to other areas of the home. So making sure that this space is allergen-free will go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality. Actions you can take include washing and changing your sheets and blankets regularly, using your vacuum to clean the mattress and replacing pillows annually.
Give your indoor air quality a boost with these tips to allergy-proof your home. For expert advice, contact Arpi’s Industries today! Call us with your questions, or visit our website for more information. We’ve been serving Greater Calgary-area homeowners for almost 50 years.
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