Spring is officially here—what we’ve waited so patiently for through the snow, the ice, and the chilly temps. But for about one in four Americans, spring also means the return of spring allergies. Managing allergies can be a challenge, especially when enjoying the outdoors. But for many, the challenge doesn’t end outdoors. Allergens can be present indoors as well. The good news is that there are several things you can do to lessen the presence or effects of indoor allergens. Here are some tips for keeping allergens out of your home.
Types of Indoor Allergens
Potential allergens are, unfortunately, everywhere. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAI), indoor allergens usually fall into one of three categories: dust mite and insect droppings, pet dander, and mold. Pollen can also make its way indoors through windows and doors and on your clothing and shoes.
DIY Tips for Keeping Indoor Allergens at Bay
Start with a thorough spring cleaning. Vacuuming or steam cleaning your carpets will pick up dust and pet hair and set the stage for keeping dust mites at a minimum. Spring is also a good time to clean your throw rugs—either laundering them or having them professionally cleaned. Keep in mind that with doors opening and closing, pollen is likely to get inside. So it’s a good idea to vacuum regularly and thoroughly. That should include upholstered furniture, as well as carpets and floors.
Pay special attention to the bedroom and bedding. Dust mites in particular thrive in warm environments like bedding (upholstery and carpeting, as well). Changing your bedding frequently is important. So is laundering your bedding in hot water and drying in a hot dryer. If you or a family member is especially sensitive, allergen-proof covers are available for mattresses and bedding. Another option is to cover mattresses and box springs in plastic covers.
Invest in an Electronic Air Cleaner (EAC)
One of the best ways to keep your indoor air as allergen-free as possible is to install an electronic air cleaner (also called an air purifier). An EAC works electrostatically to trap almost any allergen, including bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. Similar to the “static electricity” effect of the lint the clings to your clothing on a dry day, an EAC attracts and captures allergens and other pollutants—but with the power of an electrified field operating at 5000 volts or more!
An EAC, which is integrated into your HVAC system, can purify the air throughout your entire home. Even better, it works year round, regardless of your AC or heating needs. Plus, an EAC is easy to maintain: just wash the collector cells in your laundry tub or even pop in the dishwasher.
At Stay Comfy, we recommend Carrier’s Infinity® Series of Air Purifiers for maintaining the freshest, healthiest air for your family.