3 Ways To Allergy-Proof Your Home This Spring
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “sick building syndrome" (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness.”
One of the leading causes of SBS is inadequate ventilation from outdated or poorly functioning HVAC systems. Obviously, it is important to have a professionally installed HVAC to insure air quality and reduce allergens. However, there are additional things that homeowners can do.
Whistle While You Work
Regular maintenance is critical to maintain quality air inside the home. Lightly mop wood or linoleum flooring and if you have carpet, use a small-particle or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Use a damp cloth to clean other surfaces, including furniture the tops of doors, window sills and frames. Regularly wash all bedding at least once a week. Curtains can be washed once a month. Remove all clutter and ensure that there are no piles of newspapers, books or magazines sitting around.
Certain rooms need special attention. Bathrooms should not have any carpeting. Instead, use tile, vinyl, wood or linoleum flooring. Remove wallpaper and replace with tile or paint walls. Be sure to scrub the shower, tub, toilet and sink with bleach. Finally, ensure that the stove's vented exhaust fan works to ensure removal of cooking fumes and moisture. Make sure under the sink cabinets are clean and use sealed containers for storage.
Rock vs Hard Place
Flooring is one of the biggest sources of allergens. Every time you walk across the carpet, you release dust and pollen into the air. Get rid of carpet and replace with hardwood or linoleum flooring. If needed, add washable rugs.
If it is not possible to remove the carpet, use a vacuum cleaner with a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The basement is one of the largest sources of dampness and mold. Make sure to install a dehumidifier in the basement if mold tends to collect there. Be sure to clean it every week.
Maintain HVAC systems
The key to allergy proofing the home is through regular HVAC maintenance. Change or clean system filters monthly or according to the manufacturers' recommendation. If you notice mold growing near the ducts or if you smell a musty odor coming from the vents, consult an HVAC professional.
If you are not familiar with heating and cooling systems, consult with an HVAC professional to ensure that your filters have the appropriate MERV (the effectiveness of filters that are measured 1-20).
In conclusion, you can successfully reduce and avoid allergens through regular cleaning, removing carpet and maintaining your HVAC system.
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