Pets are a cause of home allergies

How To Allergy Proof Your Home

Are You experiencing home allergies?

Approximately 10 to 30 percent of people experience home allergies. Dealing with seasons of waking up to itchy, swollen eyes, running noses and issues breathing. Many of these symptoms can be amplified due to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and maintenance around the home. Every person reacts to allergens differently, however, if this sounds like your worst nightmare there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of steps you can take to allergy proof your space and lower your chances of needing Zyrtec while relaxing in your home.

Getting Rid Of Allergens in The Bedroom

In the bedroom, your bed is probably your most prized possession. To make sure it’s protected from uninvited dust mites and irritating allergens, wash all bedding at least once a week. You’ll also want to remove and avoid bed clutter. As extra clutter can create a home for harboring more dust mites and dander. For added protection, it’s also a good idea to cover your pillows and mattresses with dust-mite-proof covers. Before bedtime, adjust your air filter toward your head to increase your chances of inhaling clean air.

Keep All Types of Flooring Clean

When allergy proofing your home, it’s not uncommon to forget about the interior flooring. Floors have the ability to harbor those annoying allergens. If your home is packed with carpet, consider swapping to laminate or hard surface flooring. Every step taken in the home can cause a release of allergens into the breathable air, leading to an even more annoying living environment. If remodeling isn’t an option, vacuuming weekly with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and shampooing every three to six months can slow the build-up of allergens in the carpet and lead to cleaner, purer air.

Ways To Improve Windows/Ventilation

The Texas heat is no joke, but if you’re serious about protecting your allergic peace, you’ll have to keep the windows closed and rely on your air conditioning. For the best results, you’ll want to make sure that your HVAC unit is equipped with the correct HEPA filters. Similar to the air filters, the HEPA air purifiers are also great alternatives when ridding your home of dander, pollen and dust. It’s also important to periodically clean the condensation and, in some cases, mold from the window seals and frames. Unfortunately, you’ll miss out on the hill country breeze, but you’ll be decreasing the chances of your home being flooded with allergens.

Furniture The Secret Source Of Home Allergies

Furniture shopping is always fun, right? Be warned, allergy proofing your home can now limit your choices the next time you visit an Ashley Furniture. Similar to carpet, upholstered furniture can hold on to dust mites and allergens collected through time. Every sitting and rising motion releases the allergens back into the air, causing potential irritation to your eyes and nose. Wood, metal, and leather are good alternatives to help increase the chances of circulating clean air throughout the home.

How To Make It Easier To Live With Pets and Their Dander

For the pet owners who are dangerously allergic to their pets but will do anything to keep their pets around, that’s completely understandable. However, boundaries must be set and practiced to ensure you can both live together comfortably. Bathing your pet at least once a week may not sound like fun, but it will help decrease the amount of allergens trapped within their dander and throughout the home. Activated carbon filters can rid your home of smoke and odors. While ultraviolet (UV) air cleaners are best when battling the bacteria and potential viruses that your furry friend, or anyone in your home for that matter, might be carrying around. Keeping your pets out of the bedroom, or at least out of the bed, can also reduce the chances of allergens invading your space.

Pets dander can lead to home allergies

Contact QMP To Help Tackle Home Allergies

With the winter months approaching and many of us working from home, comfortability within the home has become essential. Allergens will be forced inside due to the inability to increase airflow from outside. This may cause a decrease in IAQ during the winter months. Quarter Moon Plumbing, AC, and Heating are here to ensure that you’re able to breathe while being warm and cozy. If you feel uncomfortable servicing your HVAC system and would like a professional touch, call QMP at (210) 651-5899.