With spring’s arrival here in Georgia, we can all see the effects of pollen. Pollen is the nemesis of many people. It leaves a yellow powdery film on cars, outdoor furniture, and mailboxes. For those who suffer from allergies, spring is often a mixed bag of love and hate. Most everyone loves the beauty of spring, but allergy sufferers certainly hate the miseries that pollen brings.
Studies have shown that over half of the indoor dust that accumulates in your home is actually produced outside and brought with you indoors. Below are things you can do to eliminate allergens from your home so that you can breathe easier.
- Have your air ducts cleaned. Central air units heat or cool the air and then blow it back into the rooms of your home through air ducts. If those ducts are dirty, not only will they slow down the airflow, but dirty air ducts will also blow dust, dirt, and allergens throughout your home. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned will improve the indoor air quality of your home.
- Invest in an air purifier. Air purifiers work by trapping a high percentage of airborne particles and dust around the home. They can reduce levels of pollen, dust, pet dander, and other allergens within the air.
- Keep up with housework. This may not be the most fun chore you have to do, but keeping on top of dusting and vacuuming your home will help keep your indoor air cleaner. Vacuuming can dislodge dust, pet dander, and other allergens from carpet and hardwood floors. It will also benefit you to mop your floors at least once a week where you have wood, tile, or laminate flooring. This chore helps remove layers of built-up pollen, dirt, and dust.
- Take your shoes off before you enter your home. If you stop and think about everywhere your shoes have been, you’d probably be hesitant to wear them inside your house. On top of those disgusting germs, shoes track in outdoor debris and can compromise your indoor air quality. And don’t be afraid to ask people who enter your home to remove their shoes.
- Check your door and window sealings. Not only do well-sealed doors and windows help keep your energy bill low, but they also keep outdoor allergens from entering your home. Even the smallest cracks and loose sealing can allow minuscule air particles entry into your home.
Maintaining the quality of air inside your home can benefit your health and comfort.