From the Texas Mulberry tree to Bermuda grass and various types of ragweed, many outdoor allergens plague the residents of El Paso, Texas. Unfortunately, you can’t escape allergy problems by heading inside, either. Indoor allergens lurk in everything from your sheets and blanket to the carpets on your floors. These tips will help you improve indoor air quality for a healthier, more comfortable life.
Freshen Indoor Air
You may be tempted to open all the windows in your home for a little fresh air. While stale indoor air does nothing for your health, bringing in outdoor allergens at the wrong time can wreak havoc on everyone’s quality of life. Keep windows and doors closed from the peak allergen hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ensure the freshness of your indoor atmosphere with a professionally installed whole-house air purifier.
Prevent Pest Infestations
Pests can have a major impact on indoor air quality. In a 2019 study, homes with bed bugs were found to have higher histamine levels. This finding shows a possible link between bed bugs and allergies. Inspect any secondhand items before bringing them home, and wash your belongings in hot water after traveling to prevent bed bug infestations. Cockroaches can trigger respiratory reactions in those with allergies or asthma. Keeping paper, cardboard and other clutter at bay helps keep roaches away.
Allergy-Fighting Cleaning Techniques
If allergies plague your home, consider investing in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Weekly vacuuming eliminates dust mites and pet dander, two of the biggest offenders. Weekly outdoor pet brushing and bathing also helps reduce dander. Wash bedding in 130-degree F water; some innovative new washers are equipped with steam cycles to help battle allergens. Change your HVAC filters monthly, and install a dehumidifier in your basement or other damp areas. Remove stagnant water and moldy leaves from potted plants, and wipe down bathroom walls with a solution of one ounce of bleach to one quart of water to prevent mildew.
From ramping up your cleaning efforts to preventing pests, improving indoor air quality is relatively easy. Learn more about whole-house air purifiers by contacting Scott Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.