How to Beat Indoor Allergies This Winter
You may think the colder weather will bring an end to your family’s allergy symptoms, but indoor allergens like dust and pet dander can still pose a threat during winter. Fortunately, you can beat indoor allergies this winter by making these changes in your Kinston, North Carolina, home.
Enhance Your Cleaning Routine
Start by paying attention to your normal cleaning routine. Perhaps you could consider upgrading to a HEPA vacuum and a quality mop. The more frequently you dust, vacuum, and mop, the better off you will be. You should also make a point of regularly checking any filters on your HVAC system, vacuum, or air purifiers so you can change them as needed.
Your washing machine can be one of your biggest allies in the fight against indoor allergies. Wash your bedding and pajamas weekly to kill dust mites and remove other irritants. The water needs to be at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum effect. You should also bathe your pets during winter, or use pet wipes to reduce pet dander.
Splurge on New Flooring
If you can afford to replace your carpet with hard flooring, such as laminate, tile, or hardwood, the change will be worth the investment. Carpet provides a much more hospitable environment for dust mites, dirt and other allergens. You can always add area rugs for comfort without dealing with the maintenance and indoor air quality problems that wall-to-wall carpets present.
Take Steps to Control Humidity
You should also take steps to control your home’s humidity. Levels higher than 50 percent can encourage the growth of mold and dust mites, while air that is too dry will irritate your respiratory system. Use dehumidifiers and humidifiers as needed to keep indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent.
Finally, remember that your HVAC system is the perfect place for dust to collect. Before you switch from AC to heating for the winter, schedule an HVAC maintenance visit by calling (855) 800-1341. The experts at J & J Mechanical, Inc. can tune your system and recommend IAQ products that will increase your family’s comfort.
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