Tips For Reducing The Dust In Your Home
It feels like each allergy season is worst than the last one and whether you are allergic to dust or pollen, it’s not fun being itchy and sneezey all the time. Most people think of allergies as being an affliction which only affects people when they are outside during the early summer months. While dust can make people sniffly and itchy when they are outside, many unseen allergens can actually be found in the beds and carpeting inside our homes every day. Dust is comprised of a lot of things including dead flakes of skin, hair, dust mites, fibres from carpets and furniture and dirt from outside as well as inside items.
Here are a few things you can do around your home to help reduce the dust and pollen around you:
Dealing with pets: Dogs and cats in the home are an obvious source of dust and allergens, but you don’t have to abandon the family pet in order to keep your home neat and clean. Regular baths (yes, even for cats) can greatly reduce the animal dander and fur that gets left behind on furniture and carpets throughout the day. You will also want to regularly wash any bedding or pillows your animals may be especially fond of or sleep on. Speak with your veterinarian about special soaps and shampoos you can use on your furry friends to further help reduce the allergens they’re responsible for. Yes, your animals may not enjoy the bathing process at first but over time they will learn to tolerate it and may even enjoy it!
Replace air filters in your house: Your house probably has many air filters that you do not always remember to replace. Most homes with forced air heat will have a whole house filter that needs to be replaced every two to five months. A dirty air filter can clock air flow and actually begin to blow out pollen and other allergens if it is not changed regularly. Most air filters are affordable and easy to change out if you remember to do so. Using a room air purifier is a good idea only if you change the filter on a regular basis. A quick filter replacement can really pay for itself by lowering the electric bill.
Open A Window: A lot of people mistakenly think that a majority of household dust comes from outside the home, but most dust actually comes from you, the other people or animals living in your home, and even your walls and furnishings. An open window on a breezy day can help to blow and loosen some of the dust and odours that have collected in your home. Ideally, you should consider opening your windows whenever you vacuum in an effort to give your home a double cleaning: fresh air and dust removal.
Remove your carpets: Full room carpeting is the worst kind of flooring you can have in a house you have allergies because it traps so many pollen particles. If you suffer from allergies, then you may want to remove your carpeting. Many allergy specialists recommend flooring that is easy to clean and does not trap dust, animal dander and other allergens. Smooth floors like wood, laminate, stone or even vinyl are all better choices for people with allergies.
Use Extra Room Air Filters: If your home doesn’t have a whole house air filter or central air or a furnace with a blower then you may want to invest in an air filter for each room in your home. Most newer air filters are quiet, can run on a set schedule and a relatively easy to clean. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines to make sure you buy an air filter that is suited for the size of the room you hope to use it in. For homes with very large open layouts you may need multiple air filters strategically placed at opposite ends of the room.
Clean often: If you use a vacuum you’ll also want to replace the filters in it regularly as well. Some people with bad allergies actually use a house cleaning service in addition to their own cleaning. The simplest way to keep your home pollen-free is to vacuum the floors on a regular schedule. A thorough home cleaning once every month can make a big difference in the air cleanliness in your home.
Dedicating just fifteen minutes a day to vacuuming your home could make such a difference that you might even be able to throw away those allergy medications you’ve come to rely on! You do not have to be miserable in your own home throughout the long allergy season. With a little effort your home can be a refuge from the powdery pollen of the outdoors and the itchy eye-inducing dust of indoors.