When pollen counts rise, your allergies go into overdrive. Protecting your home from allergens is not an easy task, but there are some things you can do to help reduce the pollen count inside your home.
Control Allergens Inside the Home
First of all, cut down on the clutter. The less stuff you have in your home, the fewer places allergens can hide. Limit the number of knickknacks, magazines, newspapers and other dust catchers in your home. Make sure to dust often, and to dust those hard to reach areas, like ceiling fans.
Fabrics and carpets are also dust collectors. If you have allergies, your best bet is wood or tile flooring, not wall-to-wall carpets. Use a damp mop regularly to keeps floors clean. If you must have carpeting, choose a short, tight pile and make sure to vacuum weekly. A vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is recommended. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, make sure to empty it outdoors, not in the house.
Control Allergens from Outside the Home
If you’re concerned about pollen, make smart decisions for your landscaping. Choose low-allergy trees like dogwood, cherry and magnolia. Female ash and maple trees are also considered low-allergy, but make sure to buy them from a reliable source to make sure of the tree’s gender. If you like flowers, choose low-allergy flowers like impatiens, columbine and viola.
Keep your windows closed in the early morning hours and between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when pollen counts are highest. Also, keep your windows closed when it is windy outside.
If you have a car, keep it in the garage or give it a quick rinse whenever you can. Pollen settles on your car, and every time you touch your car, you will be spreading that pollen to your hands or clothing.
When you’re coming in from outdoors, be careful to bring in as little pollen as possible. Make sure to thoroughly wipe your feet on the mat and take off your shoes as soon as you enter the house. Pollen can also attach itself to your clothing, so remove your outer garments in the mudroom and take a shower. Your hair is also a magnet for pollen, so make sure to wash it before you go to bed, or wear a hat or scarf when you go outside and remove it as soon as you enter the house.
Remember that your pets can also bring pollen into the house. Make sure to brush your pets and wipe their paws before bringing them into the house.
Keep Air Ducts Clean
Make sure that your home is well ventilated and that the ductwork doesn’t leak. It is also a good idea to clean your ducts. Dust mites, pollen and other allergens hide within the air ducts of your heating and cooling system, and it’s important to eliminate these impurities from your home or place of business.
Use a HEPA filter in your air conditioning unit and keep it clean. Replace the filter once a month. Keep the humidity level inside your house at no more than 50 percent.
Call the experts at ASAP Heating and Cooling for more information or to schedule an appointment for duct cleaning. ASAP Heating and Cooling provides quality heating and cooling services to homes and businesses in Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Naples, Southwest Florida and surrounding service areas.