Posted on: 10 June 2016
If you suffer from indoor allergies, it's important to keep the air in your home as clean as possible. Otherwise, you'll be suffering from sneezing and itchy eyes in what should be your comfortable home! Here are three ways to keep your home's air free from dust, mold spores, and pet dander.
Have your ducts cleaned.
No matter how much you dust and vacuum, the dust is just going to keep being re-distributed each time you turn your heat or air conditioning on if you don't have your ducts cleaned, too. Most HVAC companies offer duct cleaning, and you'll pay about $300 to $500 for this service. Immediately after you have your ducts cleaned, go through and vacuum and dust your entire home. This way, the dust and debris won't just end up back in your ductwork once you turn the AC on again.
Remember to change your air filter on a regular basis.
The air filter is supposed to trap dust, pet dander, and other particles so they don't keep building up in your ducts and accumulating within your AC unit or furnace. Experts recommend replacement every 1 to 2 months, but if you're like most people, you don't do it nearly this often. Remembering to change your filter will go a long way towards keeping your air cleaner. So set an alarm in your phone to remind you to change the filter. Buying a whole year's worth of filters at once is also wise since this will keep you from having to run to the store each time you need a new one.
Wash your curtains and window treatments.
Window treatments are a peak harboring point for allergens. Whenever pollen blows through an open window, it gets stuck to them. They also tend to attract dust and mold spores, especially if you have highly textured window treatments. When a breeze kicks up or the heat turns on, these particles blow off the window treatments and back into your air. Take down curtains, and run them through the wash. Wipe down any blinds or shades with a moist cloth. Then, remember to clean your window treatments every month going forward.
If you have your ducts cleaned, change your furnace filters, and keep your window treatments clean, the quality of your indoor air should improve. Your allergy symptoms should subside, and with any luck, you'll find yourself less dependent on allergy medications and remedies. To learn more about indoor air quality, talk to an HVAC company like Burks Service Company.Share