When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
Good indoor air quality is not a luxury for people with allergies. A huge portion of the people living in the United States experience allergic reactions ranging from mild to extreme when they're exposed to poor air quality. Indoor air quality is particularly problematic since the close quarters may not allow for the circulation of fresh air.
All this means that if you or someone else in your house has allergies, you'll need to take certain measures to maintain good indoor air quality. What can you do to make your home more comfortable for such individuals?
Keep Your Home Clean
Naturally, the first step to keeping out allergens is to clean the house frequently. Depending on your environment, you'll have to vacuum a number of times each week. It will also be important to dust or wipe down any surfaces on which dust may settle. To reduce the amount of dust entering your house, you can also add fine mesh screens to your windows or keep them shut. This means you'll need to rely on your AC for your cooling needs.
Prevent Pet Dander
Unfortunately, our favorite four-legged friends can also be problematic for people with allergies. Animals with fur and feathers are not advisable near people who are allergic to pet dander. Keep the pets out of the bedroom whether you're in or out of the house. You should also wash pet toys and their furniture regularly.
Keep the Air Ducts Clean
Many people forget about the inside of their air ducts when they are cleaning. Dust will settle inside the air ducts especially if the HVAC system isn't used for some time. Get in touch with an HVAC contractor and have them clean the inside of your air ducts every once in a while. Dirty air ducts can lead to the spreading of allergens throughout your home. Mold removal for your HVAC system is important for indoor air quality, since mold spores can easily spread through your HVAC to other rooms of the house.
Reduce Humidity in Your Home
Humidity is also a huge problem for people with allergies. While the humidity itself won't cause any direct problems, it helps to create an environment that certain allergens thrive in. Both dust mites and mold like environments with higher levels of humidity, for example.
To reduce humidity in your house, avoid running showers for too long. You should also buy a dehumidifier to help maintain optimum humidity levels. Don't have too many houseplants and install humidity monitors. You should also clean any surface that's prone to mold growth regularly. If needed, have a company like Advanced Air Quality Services do mold removal in your home.